We know that presenting to physio in the first 2 weeks give you improved outcomes. The other interesting pieces of evidence suggest that we have a loss of proprioception up to 12 months after an ankle sprain.
Proprioception is the bodies ability to know where it is in space. Basically, the signals from the ankle to the brain, which allow us to make fine tuning adjustments to where our foot lands.
This ability is dampened for 12 months post an ankle sprain. This increases the risk of re-rolling in the first 12 months. The good news is this improved rapidly with exercise. The other good news is that a decent ankle regime only needs 5-10 minutes twice a week to be beneficial to proprioception.
Another interesting study suggested that people with an ankle sprain are at an increased risk of tearing their ACL. Whilst we don’t know if this is because of compensatory patterns or overload it raises a very interesting point. We shouldn’t be treating ankle sprains with an apathetic attitude.