Ankle sprains are a common injury. Whether it’s a sports-related injury or a result of an accident, ankle sprains are an injury that if left untreated, can cause major problems later on- affecting the hips, back and knees.
Sometimes the recovery period from ankle sprains can be lengthy. However, with physical therapy, those suffering from ankle sprains can have their pain levels reduced, strength and range of motion regained and even prevent future ankle sprains.
Ankle sprains are a result of twisting or turning the ankle beyond the normal range of motion, causing the ligaments to tear or overstretch. This type of injury is common in athletes, with younger athletes, military members, runners and jumpers being the most susceptible.
In most injuries, the outer ligaments in the ankle are the ones damaged. It is possible to damage inner ligaments, although it is less common. Reinjuries are common with ankle sprains, especially if the injured individual does not seek physical therapy to improve or restore muscle strength and balance.
Physical therapists can often help those injured recover quicker than those without treatment. Each injury and treatment plan is different, and a therapist will work to develop a personalized plan to ensure goals are met.
Rest and avoid activities that cause pain
Apply ice for 15 minutes every 2 hours
Walk on the affected foot as soon as you are able to, without irritating the injury or making swelling worse
Consult a physician for further services, such as medication or X-rays
Reduce pain and swelling by learning how to modify daily activities
Improve motion by choosing activities to help restore normal movement
Improve flexibility by determining if any other surrounding muscles are tight, weak or overcompensating for the injury
Improve strength by using various exercises at each stage of recovery to safely restore strength
Improve balance with various exercises
Restore agility for preparation in returning to sports and daily activities
Ankle sprains on average take between two weeks and two months to heal. The experts at Crafted Physical Therapy are well-trained to handle ankle sprains, from the most mild to more severe cases. If you believe you’ve suffered an ankle sprain, contact us online or give us a call today at (720) 204-4567 to schedule an appointment.