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The ABC’s of Ankle Sprains

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It’s back to school time which means fall sports and sports injuries. One of the more common injuries is ankle sprains and strains. What actually happens when we sprain an ankle and how do we make it better…fast.
When an athlete sprains their ankle, they usually report “rolling” their ankle towards the outside of their foot. The sprain is actually an injury to ligaments of the ankle. Ligaments offer stability to the joint, connecting bone to bone. There are 3 main ligaments on the outside or lateral side of the ankle and 1 main ligament on the inside or medial side. The lateral ligaments are small and easier to injure.
An ankle injury produces pain, swelling and discoloration. Following the “RICE” protocol
(Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) can help minimize these symptoms. It is always a good idea to seek medical intervention to ensure there are no fractures.
The next step for a quick return to the field is Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy will improve range of motion, strength, and stability of the ankle. Physical Therapy will also improve balance and proprioception. Proprioception is the ankles’ ability to tell the brain what position it’s in, in space. Improving balance and proprioception is important in reducing the risk of re-injury.
Following these steps will promote a speedy and safe return to the playing field. Most insurances offer direct access for Physical Therapy, meaning that you can see the Physical Therapist of your choice WITHOUT a prescription.
Contact your favorite MyHometown Physical Therapist with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Debra Donohue PT
Westside Physical Therapy