Symptoms: An ankle sprain occurs when your foot rolls outward. This forces the weight of your entire body to the outer edge of the foot and stretches, strains or tears the ligaments connecting bone to bone in the ankle joint. Sometimes you may hear a pop or a snap when you roll your ankle. Ankle sprain symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty in walking. Sometimes these symptoms are so severe that patients sometimes think their foot is broken. An x-ray can determine whether a bone fracture has actually taken place.
Overview: Most of us will suffer an ankle sprain at some point in our lives. The lateral ankle, located on the outside of the foot, is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body among athletes and physically active people. Ankle sprains are common among basketball and tennis enthusiasts, or those who participate in other sports requiring running and jumping combined with sudden stopping and starting. Uneven playing fields such as those used in baseball, softball and soccer, can also contribute to ankle injuries. Ankle sprains are not limited to athletes however. Simply stepping off a curb or walking or hiking on uneven ground can cause the ankle to slip outward, resulting in a sprain or a tear in the ligaments of the foot.
Weak ligaments and joint instability generally become more prevalent as we grow older and can contribute to a greater risk of experiencing a lateral ankle sprain. Females generally have smaller muscles and looser ligaments than men, especially during pregnancy, and are therefore more prone to ankle problems.
If x-rays show no fractures in the bones, Dr Suzan Starler at Star Chiropractic and Nutrition can effectively treat a lateral ankle sprain. With proper care, we can successfully help reduce your pain, prevent the buildup of scar tissue and restore proper motion to the foot. It is important, when caring for an injured joint, to avoid what Dr. Suzan calls “the cocky phase” of rehabilitation. This is when the pain is gone, and the patient thinks their injury is fully healed. Depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, it may take weeks or even months for you to fully recover. This is called “tissue remodeling,” and receiving training in the performance of proper exercises will give you the best chance for regaining full use of your ankle.