Ankle sprain is the most common injury that can affect your ankle. It occurs when you twist your ankle, often when it is turned inward. Physical therapy can effectively help you manage your ankle sprain symptoms and reduce or prevent repeat injury.
Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation Goals
- Reduce pain
- Reduce swelling
- Improve ankle range of motion (ROM)
- Improve muscle strength
- Improve ankle joint function
- Improve proprioception
- Reduce risk of repeat injury
- Improve physical fitness
Physical therapy treatment goals for ankle sprain depend on the “phase of rehabilitation.” For example, in Phase I, goal might be: “To teach proper crutch walking techniques.” In Phase II, it can be: “To regain full-weight bearing (FWB) on injured ankle.”
The treatment goals discussed here should not be considered complete. Only your physical therapist who conducted the interview and performed the physical examination can determine the appropriate treatment objectives based on your particular needs and goals.