Ankle sprain/strains happen to athletes, kids, and general populations very frequently. They can occur from inverting (moving in) or everting (moving out) too fast or with too much force such as tripping on a curb or slipping in a high-heel. Most individuals don't realize Chiropractors can absolutely diagnose and treat ankle injuries appropriately. After an acute ankle injury, it is very important to get a proper examination and diagnosis to determine the extent of the injury and if further diagnostic imaging is necessary.
Ankle SPRAINS are injuries that occur to the LIGAMENTS of the ankle.
Ankle STRAINS are injuries that occur to the muscles or tendons of the ankle.
With excessive force, it can result in both an ankle sprain and ankle strain. Unfortunately, it may also result in ankle fractures or avulsion fractures. Henceforth why it is important to seek care to determine the proper course of treatment.
When an acute ankle injury occurs, you may notice some immediate or delayed bruising, swelling, warmth, redness, and potential throbbing pain. Depending on the severity, it may occur instantly or within a few hours. You also may or may not be able to bare weight or walk comfortably following an ankle injury.
Ankle sprains and ankle strains are treated in the office utilizing appropriate techniques:
- Soft tissue techniques to help with the pain and tightness surrounding the ankle
- IASTM to help flush out swelling and edema
- Kiniseotaping to help with support and swelling
- Physical rehabilitation to ensure the return of proper movement and strengthening of the ankle