If you just sprained your ankle, here are some things that you need to know:
Top 10 Sprained Ankle Facts
- Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain.
- The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint.
A sprain is an injury to ligaments, which connect bones to one another and is caused by the twisting or bending of a joint into a position it was not designed to move.
- Some common symptoms of a sprain are pain around the joint, swelling, and bruising.
- The most common way the ankle is injured is when the ankle is twisted inward (inversion injury). With this injury, ligaments that support the ankle can be torn which leads to swelling, inflammation, and bruising around the ankle.This makes the ankle somewhat unstable and difficult to stand on.
- The vast majority of ankle sprains can be treated by taping the ankle or using an ankle brace and ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication followed by a comprehensive sprained ankle rehabilitation program.
- An ankle sprain injury may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal but with an advanced aggressive rehab protocol, 85% rehab is possible in as little as 7-10 days.
- Often, the injured ankle remains a little weaker and less stable than the uninjured one. A proper physical therapy program such as the one found at www.fastrehab.com can prevent this problem.
- The key points of rehabilitation are to control the pain and swelling by taking ibuprofen and RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), then restore normal range of motion, strengthening muscle groups, and retraining proprioception of the ankle joint.
- More than 25,000 people sprain their ankle each day, making sprained ankles account for approximately 1/4th of all sports-related injuries and the most common musculoskeletal injury seen by physicians caring for active youngsters and adults.
- Bonus tip: Without proper rehab, you are almost guaranteed to suffer another sprain that is more serious within 12 months. This is from hospital ER data. The only way to avoid this is to use a proven ankle rehab program that helps to re-calibrate the proprioceptors (position sensors) in your foot.
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