What exactly is an ankle sprain?
An ankle sprain occurs when you stretch or tear the ligaments in your ankle. These ligaments have an important role keeping your foot (and your whole body) stable. When the ligaments are stretched excessively, they no longer provide the normal level of stability to your ankle joint.
Other than letting you down in this important role, your sprained ankle may also swell and hurt, and you may even find that it is almost impossible to bear any weight on your ankle.
Sports and sprained ankles
A common cause of a sprained ankle is when you land your foot in an uncomfortable position after a jump. Most patients presenting with an ankle sprain have stretched their ligaments as they were doing sports or as they were running on irregular surfaces.
When we look at a patient with a sprained ankle, treatment is all about restoring normal function and getting the stability back. We use Foot Manual Therapies (chiropractic manipulation of the foot) to get the talus bone back in its normal position, inside the ankle joint. This is always the first step, before we can help your stability get back to what it was.
After the Foot Manual Therapy
If you have a sprained ankle, you want to get back to normal as soon as possible. In our state-of-the-art podiatry clinic in Cottesloe we use the latest technology, such as Thor Low Level Laser Therapy, to stimulate healing of tissue at cellular level. Once your talus bone is in its normal position again, we work out a treatment plan that includes strengthening exercises, to bring your ankle joint back to its normal condition.
At The Foot Clinic, we pride ourselves in applying our extensive knowledge, gathered through the work we have done with sports professionals. It has helped us understand the bio-mechanical aspects of the foot, and gain an insight in the fastest way to recovery.
That’s why our treatment plans are never a one-size-fits-all ; we work out your customised treatment plan based on your condition, your goals and the nature of your activities. So if that sprained ankle is bothering you, please contact us here at The Foot Clinic. We look forward to helping you get back on your feet again.