The ankle joint is formed by the connection of the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones) to the talus (foot). The ankle is made up of a total of three joints, but is generally referred to as the talocrural joint. It is held together by a strong ligaments on the inner and outer portion of the ankle that aid in joint stability. Muscles in the lower leg attached to the ankle and foot, allowing movements to occur at the ankle joint.
Ankle sprain injuries are common as a result of a fall or sports, such as basketball or soccer. Ligaments on the outer ankle are most frequently sprained or torn as a result of an inversion sprain, or when the foot rolls inward with a lot of force. This may also be called a low ankle sprain. A high ankle sprain refers to the injury of the ligament that connects the tibia and fibula.
The pain and recovery time will vary depending on the severity of the ankle sprain. Recurrent ligament injuries over time will lead to ligament laxity and ankle instability.
- Severe pain and instability when putting pressure on the foot
- Loss of mobility of the ankle
- Bruising and swelling in the ankle and foot
PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR ANKLE SPRAIN
The experts at All Sports Physical Therapy treat ankle sprains nearly everyday. Our top rated physical therapists offer the best rehabilitative care in NYC for athletes and non athletes alike with ankle injuries. You can be sure you are receiving the highest quality care at All Sports Physical Therapy, as all of our top physical therapists have a background in sports medicine, years of experience treating professional athletes, and expert knowledge in orthopedic rehabilitation. You can visit us at any of our highly equipped gyms at the Upper East Side, Midtown-Grand Central or Midtown-West NYC. At All Sports Physical Therapy, you can expect individual treatment with one of our top physical therapists as well as a therapist aid on hand to guide you through your stretches and exercises. You will be treated with warmth and professionalism at All Sports Physical Therapy as we help you heal and regain your quality of life.
You will be advised to rest, apply ice, elevate, and wrap the ankle for a few days after the injury. You may also be placed in a walking boot, splint, or orthosis for support while the ankle heals. To help with swelling, your physical therapist will use ultrasound and retrograde massage techniques on your foot and ankle. In the first few sessions, you will be instructed in a range of motion and gentle strengthening exercises. As your ankle mobility increases, your therapist will introduce more dynamic exercises into your program to help with stability, such as balance activities. The rehabilitation for an ankle sprain may take several months, depending on the nature of the sprain and history of previous sprains.