THE SPRAINED ANKLE – WHY YOU NEED A PHYSIO

The sprained ankle is a typical result of any sudden rolling or twisting injury – perhaps a misstep during a football match or a stumble down the stairs to the MTR. It is often dismissed as unimportant because it is such a common occurrence. But hereʼs why you should not just dismiss a twisted ankle:

The structures of the foot that are injured during twisting or rolling an ankle are most often the ligaments. Ligaments are tricky, as they are not as elastic and pliable as muscle tissue and not as hardy as bone. This means that they are prone to injury, or even tearing, but not designed for a speedy recovery.

A mild injury could, potentially, be left untreated – but at what cost? When the integrity of ligaments are compromised all other structures in the joint will start to compensate for the lack of stability and function. Some muscles will go into spasm to protect the joint from excessive movement, forcing other typically stabilising muscles to take over the function of the spasmed muscles to allow you to still walk to work. Eventually, a mild injury to a ligament becomes altered biomechanics of the entire joint.

This is why the management of a sprained ankle is so important – and that is what weʼre here for!

How do I know my ankle is sprained?

The movement that caused you to injure an ankle tells a lot about the structures that could be involved. As far as sprained ankles go – any movement that causes an ankle to move into a position that is in not used to being in can cause damage to the ligaments.

Symptoms include:

  • Localised pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Laxity OR even
  • Stiffness (depending on how your body decides to deal with it)

What can I do about it?

Resting and elevation will help manage the immediate symptoms. In the case of severe pain and/or laxity, avoid putting too much pressure on the ankle and stabilise it.

Though this will assist in managing initial symptoms, this is not ideal recovery. The body is not designed for immobility! Therefore it is important to regain function as soon as possible, though this may be a challenge if you do not know the extent of your injury. This is where we come in.

How will a physiotherapist help me?

At the very least, you should see your physiotherapist (or other medical practitioners) as soon as possible after injury in order to get an accurate diagnosis. This will detect or rule out any serious injury and determine everything you can and can not do during recovery.

We will help reduce your pain and quickly regain function that is safe and beneficial. We do not want you to be merely pain-free – we want you to return to that football game ASAP! We want to enable you to walk to work, play with your kids, go running in the park or playing your favourite sport – all of which can be very challenging if there is any sort of dysfunction in an ankle joint.

Donʼt just dismiss your ankle pain as a clumsy mistake – let us help you from the start to get you back to your life ASAP!

Dereck Fu

Physiotherapist

 

Dereck completed his physiotherapy training at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After graduation, he started practicing in a public hospital where he had extensive experience in treating different musculoskeletal, orthopedics, and sports conditions. He recognizes the complex contribution to pain and musculoskeletal injuries and is keen on using a wide range of skill sets such as exercise therapy, manual therapy, and acupuncture tailored to individual conditions.

Before joining HKSC, Dereck completed his Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) and accreditation in Level 1 strength and conditioning coach under the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA). These exposures enriched his practice, considering the psychosocial, biomechanical, and training load aspect of the clients’ story.

He has a particular interest in treating sports-related injuries and desk job conditions, assisting clients on their way back to function, and prevent recurring injuries.

Dereck has been a sports enthusiast since his teenage years. He is a keen football (soccer) and badminton player who treasures the enjoyment and satisfaction brought by both team and individual sports.

Icy Bo Lin

Head of Mobility

Icy has spent thousands of hours studying yoga, stretching and mobility through a broad range of in-depth courses. She has more than 7 years of experience teaching group and 1-on-1 classes to people ranging from athletes, pregnant ladies and new mums, children and especially the average Joe’s.

Icy is passionate about helping people move better, recover well and get pain free.

She believes it takes a combination of tools to help build a healthy body and has therefore spent substantial time practising strengthening and conditioning as well

Her passion for her craft is demonstrated through a focus and attention to detail with her clients.

Icy is a mother, experienced former banker and we are proud to have such an accomplished person on our team.

Below is a list of her completed training:

Leslie T. Evangelista

Head of Strength and Conditioning

Leslie’s athletic achievements speak for themselves. She is a true world class power lifter and continues to compete at the highest level. She has reached the pinnacle of her sport, medalling in a number of international powerlifting federation events. She has been Asia’s best lifter and holds a number of national records.

As impressive as it is, Leslie’s athletic resume pales in comparison to her passion, knowledge and dedication to the science of physical human performance. She is a student and expert of strength and conditioning, working in the industry as a coach and consultant for 10 years. We are very glad to have her on our team as her technical knowledge of compound movements and training methodology helps us bridge the gap between injury and a better you.

Leslie takes most pleasure in teaching the average person. Leslie’s deep knowledge and experience means she can build you from the bottom up or take you to a level beyond your expectations. Whether you are a mother or a mother to be, an office worker wanting to learn how to keep strong, or a youth wanting to learn the essentials of training, she is the expert for you.

Leslie is available as a consultant for long or short-term basis if you are serious about improving your health. She is an invaluable asset to have on anyone’s team.

Hideo “Harry” Loasby

Head Running Coach, Founder of BuffCo

Harry discovered running at 16, and quickly rose through the ranks in Hong Kong and became a national champion over 1500m when he was 17. He represented Hong Kong at the Asian Schools Championships and won several gold medals in cross country and track. Harry’s performances earned him a place on the Loyola Marymount University cross country and track team.

Towards the end of his university career, Harry became increasingly interested in studying various training methods and running philosophies. After moving back home, and knowing first hand the gap in grass roots development in Hong Kong, he set up Buffalo Running Company (BuffCo) in the hopes of changing that for the better. While coaching full time, Harry has remained competitive in the local scene, winning the 2020 China Coast Marathon by over 8 minutes. During the absence of races, he coached himself to personal bests in solo road time trials in the 10k and half marathon, running 31:38 and 70:30 respectively.

After running and now coaching in Hong Kong for the majority of his running career, Harry builds his coaching and training philosophy around the context of the city and what it means to be a runner here. He enjoys hunting for excellence in every level of runner, because he knows what Hong Kong’s running scene has to offer despite the tough conditions. From complete beginner to aspiring college athlete, on any surface over any distance, Harry is keen to help you with your running journey.

Harry is available as a consultant for any race you have on the calendar, but he is particularly passionate in developing runners over several years and building a sustainable relationship with all aspects of the sport, so that you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy, happy running.

May Lee
Sports Massage Therapist and Sports Scientist

May is an Internationally experienced Sports Massage Therapist, she focuses on deep tissue massaging to aid recovery, optimise performance but also general health and well-being. Throughout her years of training and watching others train, May has found that many people neglect the recovery process. The recovery process is fundamental for muscles to grow and develop and more importantly to reduce injury in the long term. Deep tissue massage helps to smooth out those little aches and pains you experience in normal day to day activities.

May has studied Sports Science at degree level and has completed her Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy in the UK as well as being qualified in Dry Needling, Myofascial Release, Trigger point therapy and Pre-Hospital immediate care in sport.

She has previously worked a ski season in Niseko followed by working in clinical practice in Tokyo before deciding to move to Hong Kong to pursue her career further.

May has always had a keen interest in sports, training and exercise which has allowed her to pursue a successful career within sports and exercise rehabilitation.

Lizemari Marais
Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Liz is a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor from South Africa. Her greatest passion is health education and empowerment, which is why she flourishes in the corporate wellness setting. She’s good at analysing corporate settings to determine risk factors to individual health as well as employee productivity. She will not just remind your employees to sit up straight – she will walk a path with your company to encourage healthy lifestyles and happy employees.

Liz’s approach to rehabilitation is grounded in the balance between mobility and foundation strength. She explores this in her calisthenics, yoga and pilates. She believes that with the right foundation and training, the human body can do anything.

Liz values independence and wishes to equip her patients with everything they would need to maximise their body’s potential, allowing them to pursue independent lives.

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