Ankle sprains are some of the most common injuries, often associated with sporting activities. They occur when your ankle “rolls in our out” more than it should, thereby tearing thereby stretching or tearing the ligaments on the outer side of your ankle.
Avoiding ankle sprains
As common as ankle sprains are (it is estimated that roughly 25,000 people experience one every single day), are they avoidable? While you might just miss a step on a flight of stairs and accidentally sprain your ankle, our physical therapists at Advantage Physical Therapy in Kalamazoo, MI believe that the chances of suffering from regular ankle sprains can be severely reduced.
Here are three easy recommendations our therapists at Advantage Physical Therapy make to help keep you from experiencing, or re-experiencing ankle sprains.
- Tape your ankle. This especially applies to athletes, who are likely to exert undue strain on their ankles in the course of playing. With the advice of an athletic trainer, you can tape and brace up your ankle to help you reduce your chances of an ankle sprain without affecting your performance.
- Stretch before and after exercising. As with any other form of injuries, ankle sprains can be prevented simply by stretching before you conduct a rigorous exercise routine. Stretching helps to prepare your body – muscles, joints etc. –for the ‘irregular’ exertion that it is about to experience.
- Rehabilitate a sprained ankle. This might sound quite basic but it is rather important. If you damage your ankle ligaments and do not have them attended to, you run the risk that they never heal back to their original length. Rehabilitating your sprained ankle will minimize the chances of a re-occurrence in future.
Visit us at Advantage Physical Therapy in Kalamazoo City, MI for more information and any attention that you may require regarding ankle sprains.