Everyone has experienced a sprained ankle before; an ankle sprain is an injury of the ligaments of the ankle. Ligaments are like ropes that join bone to bone and hold the joint together in a stable and functional position. Their role is to restrict potentially damaging excessive movements of the bones and soft tissues of the joint.
Ankle sprains are a common injury, especially in sports but not exclusively. They are commonly seen in sports that involves sudden stopping or changes of direction i.e. Football, soccer, rugby, and other sports. Some ankle sprains are completely unpreventable and a result of unforeseen external factors, such as stepping on another player’s foot, or a player falling on top of you, poor ground conditions and even poor equipment i.e. shoes. However, some ankle injuries can be preventable.
If you don’t take care of your ankle sprain properly, you can decrease your dorsiflexion movement.
Dorsiflexion movements (raising foot towards the shin bone), is commonly decreased in ankle sprains, even after you think you have fully recovered. Dorsiflexion plays quite an important role in human movement. To walk, run, squat, lunge, kneel and/or move properly, you require adequate dorsiflexion in your ankle. Quite often if you lose the ability to dorsiflex your ankle another neighbouring joint will have to make up for it but moving more and working harder.
A few examples of what can happen if you lose the ability dorsiflexion at the ankle:
- Foot pronates more
- Tibia/shin bone turns out
- Knee turns in more
- Hip turns in more
I highly recommend having your ankle elevated, followed by adjustments and laser treatments to help speed up the healing process. Within the first 48 hours I recommend the R.IC.E. Method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Afterwards you will want to use Biofreeze, Rock Tape and perform rehab exercises. I would recommend certain exercises depending on the severity of your ankle injury.
If you are a current patient and you have experienced a sprain make sure to ask me about it. If you aren’t a patient yet don’t worry you can always book a consultation! If you found this blog informative make sure to click the Facebook “Like” button at the top and to share this with your family and friends.
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