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Inversion trauma

With an inversion trauma, you sprain the ankle, as it were. This will put strain on the anterior talofibular ligament. In people who do not seek physiotherapy help after an inversion trauma, there is a 90% chance that they will suffer an inversion trauma again. This is because the ankle of these people has never been strengthened after the inversion trauma and is therefore more susceptible to injury. When the ankle is twisted, swelling may occur and possibly bruising. Doing exercises to regain the strength and stability of the ankle is extremely important in order to prevent new injuries. The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal are able to help and guide you during the rehabilitation of an inversion trauma.

Cause

The ankle consists of various bone structures, tendons and ligaments. With an inversion trauma, you sprain the ankle, as it were. This places a strain on the anterior talofibular ligament. This ligament runs on the outside of the ankle. It runs from the malleolus (lump in your ankle) to the foot bone (the talus). We often see that an inversion trauma occurs during sports or a walk in the woods. For the majority of people who have experienced an inversion trauma and who do not seek help, the chance is 90% that they will experience an inversion trauma again. This is because the ankle has never been strengthened after the inversion trauma and is therefore sensitive to injuries.
inversion trauma

Symptoms

When the ankle is twisted, swelling may occur and possibly bruising. Contrary to what you might expect, the swelling and bruising say nothing about the seriousness of the damage to the ligament. We often see that there is pain and sometimes difficulty walking.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of inversion trauma is one that the physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal can make for you. To see if there is any inversion trauma, we will always start with an anamnesis. This is an interview in which the physiotherapist can gather information and thus arrive at a possible diagnosis. After the interview, the physiotherapist will carry out a number of tests to confirm this possible diagnosis.

Treatment

If you have just injured your ankle, it is important to give your ankle a rest so that it can start to recover. During the first seven days, you are in what is called the inflammatory phase. In this phase, the body clears away damaged tissue and starts to create new tissue. In this phase, the RICE principle is followed. The RICE principle stands for; rest, ice, elevate the leg and if necessary apply a pressure bandage. After one week, the body is fully recovered and you can carefully start exercising to strengthen the ankle again. Exercising to regain the strength and stability of the ankle is extremely important in order to prevent new injuries. The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal are able to help and guide you during the rehabilitation of an inversion trauma. Depending on the severity of the trauma, something can be said about the recovery of the ankle. In general, the ankle recovers quickly and, if you are given proper guidance, you will be rid of your ankle injury within 6 weeks.

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