Have you sprained your ankle?
If you have stretched your ankle ligaments, early intervention is key to a quick recovery, and to prevent re-injury further down the line.
In the United States alone, there are an estimated 2 million ankle sprains every year. Most people are able to recover fully, especially with the right care. But, if an ankle sprain is not treated properly, it can lead to impaired mobility and fast-progressing arthritis in years to come.
Athletes and individuals who are physically very active are at the highest risk of spraining their ankles, but a sprained ankle can happen to anyone. A simple misstep or trip can twist the foot to the point where the ligaments tear. It often happens when, instead of landing on the sole of the foot, the person steps and, as they land, the full body weight is concentrated on the side of their foot. This misstep pushes the ligaments (which are responsible for securing the bones and joints of the ankle) beyond their normal range of motion causing the fibers of the ligaments to tear.
Chiropractors, with their wealth of understanding of the musculoskeletal system and the anatomy of the body, can identify the extent of the injury and prescribe the best course of corrective action to rehabilitate the injury.
How can chiropractic care help with ankle pain?
Your tibia (shinbone) and fibula (lower leg bone) meet at your ankle, forming a socket that your talus (ankle bone) fits into, which rests on the calcaneus (heel bone). These bones are connected together by ligaments and muscles. This means than an ankle injury can affect bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Initially, R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is indicated for an ankle sprain, but newer treatment models introduce movement in addition to rest, but it needs to be done carefully, and with the guidance of a professional.
This is where chiropractic care can make a big difference. After an assessment of the pain and the underlying causes, a chiropractor will use various diagnostic tools to determine the best course of treatment.
Extremity adjustment for Injuries
Chiropractic adjustment is a safe and highly effective method to speed up recovery after an injury. It is fascinating to watch severe swelling go down in seconds after a proper ankle adjustment. Sometimes after an injury the joints become “stuck”, and once the restriction is dealt the person can feel immediate improvement in pain and walking ability.
As the initial inflammation begins to subside, chiropractic adjustments can be introduced to strengthen, stabilize, and mobilize the ankle, with a focus on restoring full flexibility in the joint. In addition to working on the joint, regular chiropractic adjustments also promote increased blood flow to the area to speed up the healing process.
Your chiropractor will take a whole-body approach, making recommendations for diet and lifestyle changes, as well as implementing a treatment plan that incorporates different chiropractic therapies.
Book an Appointment
Chiropractic care is ideal for ankle injury rehabilitation as it is non-invasive, making it a natural approach that encourages the body to heal itself. If you have a sprain, it is important to get immediate care from a medical professional who has experience in ankle injuries. To book a same-day appointment, please get in touch.