Ankle sprain and sprained ankle is in the news at the moment especially if you follow tennis and the fortunes of my fellow Scot Andy Murray. Andy sprained his ankle at the French Open Championships during his third round match with Berrer which Andy won in straight sets despite suffering his ankle sprain in the second set.
In a column he wrote for the BBC he said “The moment it happened I was definitely worried my tournament was over there and then, but we’ll just have to see how the ankle reacts over the next 48 hours.”
“I guess most injuries are unexpected and this one definitely was. I was sliding out to the right to chase down a drop shot, like I have dozens of times this week, and all I was thinking about was hitting the ball.”
“Then reality hit and I just thought, ‘Is it bad? How’s it going to be when I stand up?’ Straight away it felt very sore and the trainer told me to take an anti-inflammatory before taping the ankle very tight to protect the ligament.”
Look at this French video of another severe ankle strain way back in 1995 suffered by Michael Stich playing Todd Woodbridge – it’s not for the faint-hearted be warned!!
When you get a sprained ankle it is the ligaments and tendons on the outside or lateral side of your ankle that get damaged. The damage can be a slight strain of the ligament – Grade 1 progressing in severity all the way through to a complete rupture of the ligaments – Grade 3 strain.
Ankle Sprain Treatment
The best thing that you can do for a sprained ankle is to stop it from swelling.
This involves the classic PRICE regime
P – Protection
R – Rest
I – Ice
C – Compression
E – Elevation
In other words get off it as soon as possible get some Ice on it and lie down with your foot up. Ideally apply some form of compression with and after applying the ice. If you are Andy Murray and have an expert physio close at hand to make a functional diagnosis of the sprain and that can apply an expert strapping then and only then should you delay starting the PRICE regime. However, believe me when I say that even an elite athlete like Andy will have done all of this immediately he left the court!
For the rest of us mere mortals it is important to stop the ankle from swelling and applying a strapping is a great way to do this. I will cover how to do this in a later article.
For up-to-date information about Andy check out his website at www.andymurray.com
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