Ankle sprains are becoming more common. Sprains occur when the ligaments of the ankle are stretched and pulled beyond their capacity. Rolling your ankle happens when stepping into a hole in the ground, stepping wrong off a curb or wearing high heels. This sometimes leads to partial tears or complete tears in the foot. In 85% of ankle sprains, the Anterior Talofibular ligament is damaged by someone planting their foot, then rolling over the outside of their foot and pulling the ligaments and tendons. This inside of the foot is only sprained about 15% of the time.
In a total tear, stabilization of the foot is necessary along with R.I.C.E (rest, Ice, compression, elevation) for regrowth and restoration of the tissues. The foot can still be checked for proper movement and can be manipulated safely but with caution. Partial tears require R.I.C.E and stabilization is not normally necessary. Exercises after the inflammation is gone along with getting the foot and ankle in their proper position helps and gets patients back walking normally quickly.
People with chronic sprains sometimes think it is normal to keep spraining their ankle. This in NOT true! The reason why someone sprains their ankle many times can be because of balance issues, pathological gait patterns and improper foot position. Also, once you have sprained your ankle it will be weak unless it is rehabilitated correctly. Learning balance exercises, proper gait and getting the foot in the proper position can prevent future sprains and keep patients healthy and active for a lifetime.
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