While most of us may have experience an ankle sprain at some point in our life, not all of us have experienced chiropractic care for ankle sprain. Most ankle sprains and are caused by ligament injuries. However, most do not know that ankle sprains also involve the the many bones that attached to those injured ligaments. And it is therefore it is very important for us to also consider misalignments which may be found in the foot. Failing to do so may result in a similar situation described below.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries and usually involve the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The most common ankle sprain 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 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!