Ankle Sprains and Strains
More severe sprains often occur during sports or other vigorous activities such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, or running. It has been found that a physical therapy program that includes functional stabilization and strengthening exercises has the best outcomes for ankle strains and sprains.
Signs & Symptoms
The symptoms of ankle sprains and strains can be similar, but there are some crucial distinctions. They both involve localized pain, ankle swelling, and instability. Still, the location and side effects of that pain and instability can differ depending on whether a muscle or ligament is involved.
Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
- Swelling and bruising
- Mild heat and redness
- Loss of movement and strength around the ankle and foot
- Difficulty walking or going up or down stairs
- Tingling, numbness, or pins and needles in the affected area
Physical Therapy for Ankle Sprains and Strains
Prescribed exercise from a Physical Therapist reduces your risk for recurrent ankle sprains while expediting your recovery time. The Physical Therapists at Vita will work with you to design a specific treatment program, which typically includes:
- Pain regulation through modalities such as taping, edema reduction, or dry needling
- Strengthening exercises to stabilize the ankle/knee complex
- Coordination/reactive motor control challenges to help retrain your knee and ankle movement patterns to reduce stress on ligaments and tendons
- Cross-training guidance and progression to unrestricted jumping, running, cutting, and landing activities