By Dr David Cork, Osteopath
Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury accounting for approximately 30% of all sporting injuries. Common sports ankle sprains occur in are basketball, netball, tennis, soccer, rugby, and football.
How do ankle sprains occur?
The ankle is a joint made up of 3 bones that interlock to give stability. There are thick bands of connective tissue called ligaments that reinforce the joint. The vast majority of ankle sprains occur on the outside of the ankle injuring the ligaments (specifically the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL)). These sprains occur when the ankle rolls excessively with the bottom of the foot travelling inwards – think landing on outside edge of your foot – which overstretches the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.