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The 3 biggest mistakes with Ankle Sprains

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The 3 biggest mistakes that over 90% of people make with  

Ankle Sprains that actually makes it worse! 

 

Have you ever sprained your ankle? Do you find that an old injury is coming back to haunt you? 
This is an important article that could make a world of difference to you.  

 

“Over 90% of ankle sprains will relapse! Symptoms will progress and pain will increase. Even when the symptoms have initially completely resolved. You NEED to rehabilitate ankle sprains correctly” 

 

If left without intervention by a passionate practitioner who lives and breathes rehab. A sprained ankle will always come back! It will reoccur again and again with further deterioration each time. Treatment takes longer and gets more expensive. In severe cases the effects cannot be reversed! This is where you can end up in surgery. 
Sprained ankles often turn into serious chronic instability when they are left untreated. This is because torn ligaments cannot heal on their own. They tend to fuse together haphazardly. Torn ligaments form weak, inflexible scar tissue. Your range of motion suffers tremendously and this will cause joint stiffness. Which in turn will effect how your ankle joint moves when go for a run.

Three biggest mistakes people make are; 

Icing for too long! When ice is left on an injury for too long it constricts the blood vessels. This means there is not enough blood flow to the injured area. We see this happen too often and it always slows down the healing process. 
 Resting for too long! It is important that the ankle is warmed up before applying the ice again. Ice should not be needed after the first 24 hours. What we also see is people resting the ankle for too many weeks and suddenly when the swelling subsides, they are back to their sport.  This decreases the range of motion in the ankle and creates more scar tissue which in turn leads to worse ankle injuries in the future. 
 Not rehabbing fully! Chronic Ankle Instability is a condition and term you do not want to hear! Rehabbing an ankle sprain is absolutely critical to ensure you heal in the correct manner without introducing new and further injuries. For instance, range of motion exercises should be started 24 hours after your injury. Then you can, cautiously progress onto stretching exercises and then your strength training begins. This is the stage where you can slowly progress to playing sport again. However, if you are still feeling pain you should consult your coach. Sometimes people return to quickly, this is where injuries reoccur. 
 
If you’re struggling with an ankle injury right now, or an old injury is still niggling away in the background and you’re worried about creating more injuries that will take longer to heal, then, we’ve created our Ankle Sprain Clinical Pathway to help guide you back to full strength and sporting activity. 
If you’re sick of your ankle holding you back, constantly giving way simply click on the link below to book an Initial Podiatry Appointment and get started on your road to recovery!
Otherwise, feel free to contact us! We will get back to you straight away.

https://waldronpodiatry.ie/contact-us/

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