Oct 21, 2012, 10:56 AM
Registered: Aug 3, 2007
One caution that has not been mentioned is accurate diagnosis...
A "big fall" resulting in an ankle sprain could very easily include a fracture (of variable severity) especially of the lateral malleolus. Good x-rays are certainly indicated to rule this out.
Start with AROM and open-chain resistance bands, progress to weightbearing exercises as soon as you are able to tolerate them. Ankles usually rehabilitate pretty well if you aren't getting overly aggressive on a fracture or very severe (grade III) sprain.
Being able to tolerate exercise means you can perform the exercise, not necessarily without pain, but without making the ankle worse. This is an important distinction.
(This post was edited by onceahardman on Oct 21, 2012, 10:56 AM)