Ankle Sprains – Do They Lead To Knee Pain?

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By Carin Penberthy, Physiotherapist

Ankle sprains can often lead to chronic knee pain such as patellofemoral (kneecap) pain, jumper’s knee, runner’s knee.

Spraining your ankle can alter ankle joint mechanics and cause reduced ankle movement (particularly dorsiflexion of the ankle). This reduction in ankle dorsiflexion causes increased valgus movement on the knee in functional tasks/ sports. This can cause increased stress on the knee leading to knee problems.

ankle sprains and ankle injuryChronic ankle sprains are often associated with gluteus medius weakness and reduced hip stability. If gluteus medius is weakened/ deconditioned this may cause increased valgus movement on the knee which once again leads to knee problems.

Early intervention in acute ankle sprains is aimed at:

  1. restoring normal joint mechanics;
  2. improving ankle range of motion;
  3. facilitating ankle strengthening and proprioception;
  4. minimising weakness in associated muscle groups such as calf and gluts.

If you have a reoccurring ankle sprains, it might be a good idea to get it checked out by one of our Physiotherapists. Make an appointment online or call 6389 2947.

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