Ankle sprains are becoming common. Sprains occur when the ligaments of the ankle are stretched and folded beyond their capacity. This sometimes leads to partial tears or complete tears in the foot. In 85% of ankle sprains, the Anterior Talofibular ligament is damaged by someone planting their foot and rolling over the outside ankle. The inside of the ankle is only sprained about 15% of the time.
In a total tear, stabilization of the foot is necessary along with RICE (rest, Ice, compression, elevation) for regrowth and restoration of the tissues. The foot can still be checked for proper movement and can be manipulated safely. Partial tears require RICE and stabilization is not normally necessary. Exercises after the infection is gone along with getting the foot and ankle in their proper position helps and gets patients back walking normally quickly.
People with chronic sprains sometimes think it is normal to keep spraining their ankle. This in NOT true! The reason why someone sprains their ankle can be because of balance issues, pathological gait patterns and improper foot position. Learning balance exercises with a balance board or standing with one foot, proper posture of the body when walking, sitting and standing and keeping your feet in the proper position can prevent future sprains and keep patients healthy and active for a lifetime.
Exercises for your ankles are easy and only take a few minutes out of your day. You will soon begin to notice the effects of your balance quickly and when you are steady on your feet, you will no longer sprain your ankle.