Base of 5th phase 2 (2 to 4 weeks)

Below you will find important information to follow 2 to 4 weeks post injury.  

Pain relief

Continue to use appropriate painkillers as necessary.

Walker boot

Continue to use the walker boot for walking. You may increase your walking distance as you feel comfortable.


You can use ice to help with pain and swelling.


Continue to elevate the ankle if it looks swollen in comparison to your opposite side. It is normal to have ankle swelling for 3 to 4 months post injury, particularly in response to increasing activity levels.


The following videos will help you regain a normal range of movement in your ankle and help you walk without a limp. You may start these exercises when you feel comfortable to do so, discomfort is expected. You should do these exercises regularly – if you experience severe pain you are doing too much.

Print or save your Phase 2 exercises or watch the videos below

You may progress to phase 3 once you are 4 weeks post injury

PHASE 3 (4 to 6 weeks)
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