Ankle Sprain Injuries: Recovering Like a Champ
For athletes and other activity enthusiasts, a sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries experienced. Not even two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry is immune from this especially irritating injury. The ACSM estimates that 25,000 Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each day, amounting to almost half of all sports injuries! Ankle sprains occur when one or more ligaments in the ankle tears, usually as a result of the ankle rolling beyond its normal range of motion or twisting in an awkward way. Even though the ankle sprain is a common injury, strengthening the body correctly is necessary to avoid long-term problems that may carry on if the right treatment is not sought out. Steph Curry would probably tell you himself, even a mild ankle sprain can carry symptoms and deficits that you don’t realize, increasing your risk of reinjury. One of the biggest misconceptions about ankle injuries is that “rest cures all” (wouldn’t that be nice?) but unfortunately it’s not that simple. The good news is that working with a physical therapist can help to identify these areas of weakness and get you back to your favorite activities safely.
So how do you know if you have a sprained ankle and what can you do about it? If you’ve injured your ankle and experience symptoms of pain, swelling, bruising, or limited range of motion, you may be suffering from a sprain. If you’re unable to put any weight on your ankle at all, it may mean the sprain is severe or it could be a sign of a more serious injury. Seeking treatment within 1-2 days is the best way to help the healing process move along most efficiently. Working with a physical therapist can help you properly strengthen your ankle joint and calf muscles to quicken your recovery time, reduce pain, and decrease the risk of reinjury.