An ankle can be injured as glamorously as falling off a $400 platform stiletto heel, stepping off a Parisian curb, or as mundanely as tripping over a toy truck, or falling over a rock on your way to the mailbox. No matter the cause, ankle injuries are painful and problematic, and cause recurring problems if left untreated.
It supports a person’s entire body weight, twists and turns many times a day, and maintains proper balance. This heavy responsibility takes its toll. Emergency rooms treat approximately one million patients ever year for ankle injuries.
When you roll your ankle outward, the movement damages the ligaments on the outside. This is a common sports injury and, unfortunately, once you have injured it once it’s more likely to recur. Up to half of the people who suffer from a sprained ankle will sprain it again.
There are two tendons in the ankle that are commonly strained, usually overstretching from overuse or trauma.
This injury happens when one or more of the three bones in the lower extremity is injured. While less common than a sprain or strain, a fractured ankle may also involve damaged ligaments and require surgery.
Many instances of ankle injuries are avoidable. Be sure to wear proper shoes when exercising or participating in sports, avoid uneven walking surfaces, and keep stairways and floors in your home clear of clutter
And, ladies, avoid the really high heels. We know, we know, they are just so cute! 🙂
Even with ankle-protecting precautions, you still may end up on your rump in the grass nursing your swollen body part. There are several forms of treatment for an ankle injury depending on its severity.
Rest and ice: For mild injuries, stay off your leg and use ice packs to reduce the swelling. Rest allows the injured area to heal faster.
Visit a doctor: If you experience severe pain, swelling, and are unable to put weight on your lower extremity, see a doctor, as some injuries grow worse without treatment. Injuries may require a brace, cast, or even surgery.
See a chiropractor: Patients frequently see strongly positive results in ankle injuries from a series of chiropractic treatments. Chiropractors understand the way the lower extremity is built, and use chiropractic adjustments to reduce pain and inflammation and promote faster healing.
Exercise rehab: Once you are healed, it’s vital to build up the ankle’s strength to avoid re-injury. Your chiropractor can lay out an exercise routine that you can employ into your regular workouts that will improve your balance and increase mobility. Performing these moves helps dramatically decrease dealing with this again down the road.
Ankle injuries are common and, whether or not you maintain an active lifestyle, you may end up suffering from one. By visiting a chiropractor on the front end, you can better plan a course of treatment that will heal your ankle quickly, reduce the pain effectively, and minimize the chance of a recurrence.