While most of us may have experienced an ankle sprain at some point in our life, not all of us have experienced chiropractic care for an ankle sprain. Most ankle sprains are caused by ligament injuries. However, most do not know it also involves many bones that are attached to those injured ligaments. And it is therefore very important for us to also consider misalignments that may be found in the foot. Failing to do so may result in a similar situation described below.
Common causes of ankle sprain
The most common injuries and usually involve the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Another most common is known as the inversion sprain and the pain is usually on the outside of the foot resulting in swelling and pain. Even simply stepping off a curb or walking on uneven ground can cause the ankle twist wrongly, resulting in a sprain or a tear in the ligaments of the foot.
The most common injuries and can vary in severity, with many people suffering from minor sprains that limit their mobility for a few days, to more severe ones that need surgery and leave the person immobile for months.
Ankle sprain is a common injury among the population. It is caused by an excessive force on the ligaments of the ankle that results in one or more of these structures becoming stretched or ruptured. The symptoms can range from just a mild pain to an intense and unbearable throbbing on the inside, outside and bottom of your foot. The severity can be determined by certain factors like if you’ve injured your ankle before, if your ankle is swollen, or if it doesn’t heal within a few weeks. If you do experience any of it.
Ankle sprain is a common injury that can be very painful. It’s important to know the risk factors, symptoms, and how to treat it. If left untreated, it may lead to other more severe injuries like a fracture or joint dislocation.
If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a sprained ankle, you know it’s not a pleasant experience. But most people don’t know that the sprain is often caused by not just the ligament injury, but also by the many other bones that are attached to those ligaments.
The swelling, pain and tenderness around the ankle are all signs of an ankle sprain. An easy way to prevent future injury is to ensure your footwear fits well. Wear flat shoes with a low heel and a good arch support.
Stay off your feet as much as possible and watch out for the warning signs of a sprain. Start by wearing shoes with good arch support and a low heel, and don’t put too much weight on the injured foot.
The risk of ankle sprain is high if you often wear high heels or dress shoes with a heel. To prevent future injury, adjusting footwear to lower heels to increase stability and arch support for better heel control will be a good solution.
A sprain is when the ligaments around your ankle are stretched or torn. It happens when you overstretch the muscles while moving your foot in a direction it shouldn’t go. The swelling, pain and tenderness around your ankle are all signs of a sprain. To prevent future injury, make sure that your shoes fit properly and that you wear shoes with good arch support.
It’s never too late to treat. All it takes is a little bit of patience and the right rehab for your rehab to heal.
The first thing you do after sprains is to use ice therapy during the first 24 to 48 hours. Get as much movement as you can like toe in or out or up and down as often as you can. DO NOT use heat therapy.
Dr Timothy Lim DC is a chiropractor who is trained to provide ankle sprains chiropractic treatment that will speed up your recovery. Specific correction of your ankle sprain can also help prevent recurrent ankle sprains. In Singapore, some Chinese Sinseh do manipulate ankle sprain. If you choose to go that route make sure he/she knows how to determine if there is a possible fracture or excessive tear.
Below is a case study of a patient who came to us recently after one month of an ankle sprain incident.
After an episode of a sprained LEFT ankle sprain, patient could not straighten her left foot fully even after ONE month. Her orthopedic surgeon consult & physio found nothing except some residual swelling. Patient walked in normally with very slight difficulty. Pain was experienced on tip-toeing with difficulty. Restriction as shown in the picture
Trauma such as ankle sprain often involve not just the ligaments but misalignment of ankle bones or knee which can exist even in the absence of pain. Her treatment involve specific adjustments for foot and knee. Pain went down from a 2-3/10 to 0/10 first visit. Complete range of motion was achieved. Patient sent home for at home foot strengthening exercise.
Here is my checklist on what to do to heal your ankle sprain the fastest:
- Ice for the 1st 24 to 48 hours
- Seek a Chiropractor trained to provide specific chiropractic care for ankle sprain
- Begin walking, strengthening and even balance exercise to rehabilitate the joints and muscles.
If you have an ankle sprain or recurrent ankle sprain, call us today!