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How to remove stiffness from an ankle that has been riddled with sprains

I don’t know about you, but I only believe that my sprained ankle is completely rehabbed when I can do everything that I did before the injury without pain or worrying about injuring that ankle again.

The more I sprained my ankles, the more stiffness developed in my joint and the more that resulted in additional and more severe sprains…it was a never ending, vicious circle that kept me on the sidelines a good part of my highschool and early college career.

I would just get the stiffness worked out doing normal rehab activities which lasted weeks and then I’d re-injure my ankle again.

It was only after I was introduced to a wobbleboard that I experienced true rehab of my sprained ankles. The wobbleboard allowed me to slowly and safely stretch my damaged/scared ligaments and tendons.

Because of the way the wobbleboard was built, I had the confidence that I could not damage my ankle any more and since the design integrated the full range of motion that an ankle could move in, I knew that if I was consistent in following my rehab program that I would see dramatic and total success.

I was fortunate enough to have a seasoned physical therapist show me exactly how to use a wobbleboard the proper way the first time I used it. If he hadn’t, I would not have done it properly.

Although using the wobbleboard is not difficult, it does require a little bit on instruction to make certain the results are ideal.

A customer of mine was not using the wobbleboard properly and it resulted in unbalanced rehab of his sprained ankle. He continued to have difficulty and pain while he was walking and especially when he was hitting a golf ball of the tee. He gave me a call and I talked him through the process…within 15 minutes he was already seeing dramatic improvement.

Because using the wobbleboard properly is so critical to success in rehabbing a sprained ankle, I have created a video that includes specific instructions on how to use the wobbleboard to get maximum results. You can get the video as part of my How to Heal Your Sprained Ankle in 7 Days or Less™ Program.

 

Do ankle braces really make your ankles weaker?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always heard that wearing ankle braces will make your ankles weak.

I wore ankle braces throughout my basketball career because I had weak ankles. My ankles were weak as a result of repeated ankle sprains and not getting the proper rehabilitation program.

Even after I discovered the best ankle sprain rehab program available, I still wore ankle braces to give me the added protection and assurance that I would not get hurt during heated competition. And with the quality of shoes today as well as the low stature of the shoes, I would still be wearing ankle braces today just for the added protection they offer if I were still actively playing basketball.

The only ankle brace I feel is worth anything at all is the McDavid Ankle Brace with Strap . It provides compression of the ankle joint thereby offering support, but does not restrict movement of the ankle that would hinder performance in competitive sports.

The only ankle brace that I don’t recommend wearing during competition is the aircast. For me, it did not provide the support I wanted and always ended up cutting into my ankle bone when I wore it in competition. What’s funny is that almost all hospitals send aircasts home with patients who’ve had an ankle sprain.

They might work for you, but they did not work for me. If you’re ankles are weak and you need some support during competition or just during your everyday tasks, you can’t go wrong with the McDavid lace up ankle braces.

And if your ankles are weak and you continue to have ankle sprains, you should make sure you get started on a proven and effective rehab program that will strengthen your ankles and restore complete range of motion to them.

Check out the proven program I found that helps you get your ankle back in shape in 7 days or less:  Sprained ankle rehab