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Is Your Ankle Sprain Forcing You to Sideline the Things You Love?

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Perhaps you’re dealing with a stiff, swollen, and persistently painful ankle that never seems to fully heal. It might improve briefly, only to flare up after a few hours of activity, leaving you frustrated and wondering if it will ever get better.

Ankle sprains are the most common injury, the International Tennis Federation and almost every other sport report it as the most common injury as well.

Surprisingly, up to 70% of individuals who experience an ankle sprain develop some form of chronic instability!

How to Heal an Ankle Sprain

It’s amazing how quickly the body can respond with the right treatment. Here’s what I personally do when I injure my ankle and what I will do for you when you come in for treatment:

Don't be part of the 70% suffering with chronic ankle instability, get a proper diagnosis, get treatment and get back to doing what you love.

How Long Does It Take a Sprained Ankle to Heal?

Recovery time for an ankle sprain ranges from a few days for a minor ankle sprain then three months to a year, depending on the severity and how quickly you receive proper treatment. Ligaments heal slowly, and the surrounding tissue must be strengthened for full functionality. With proper care, ankle sprains respond incredibly well to treatment, leading to faster recovery and fewer long-term issues.

If you can get in for treatment quickly after spraining your ankle, you will likely leave amazed at the rapid progress.

Old Ankle Injuries: A Hidden Culprit For Back Pain

sobo 1909 307 fe29411An unstable ankle can have ripple effects throughout the body that are often ignored. Let’s consider one simple way ankle instability might contribute to lower back pain:

Instability in your ankle ligament constantly triggers your Peroneus longus muscle during walking. This muscle can become injured/fatigued and stop functioning correctly, affecting areas both above and below the ankle. To compensate, other muscles like the Anterior tibialis in the lower leg have to work harder. This could lead to shin splints, signaling that the muscle is overloaded. If the tibialis anterior also begins to fail, the IT band might be recruited for stability, placing pressure on the TFL and ultimately tugging on the obliques and straining the lower back erector muscles, resulting in back pain.

This is a simplified explanation. In reality, there are many ways an old ankle sprain could affect your back, shins, or even neck.

Don't let an old ankle injury dictate your life. If chronic pain or nagging instability has become the norm, it's time to seek help.

Book your appointment and let’s assess the root cause of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. With proper care and rehabilitation, you can break free from the cycle of pain and rediscover the joy of movement.

Herzog MM, Kerr ZY, Marshall SW, Wikstrom EA. Epidemiology of Ankle Sprains and Chronic Ankle Instability. J Athl Train. 2019 Jun;54(6):603-610. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-447-17. Epub 2019 May 28. PMID: 31135209; PMCID: PMC6602402.

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