Keywords; ankle sprain treatment.
Few of us will escape the need of treatment of a lower leg injury on one or another occasion. A soft-ball slide, standing unexpectedly on the edge of the pavement or uneven ground, can and does from time to time cause awesome injuries to the ankle. Note the swelling, and the bruising from torn tissues.
It could be from a fracture within the ankle, but more likely it is due to torn ligaments or tendons.
Like all sportsmen and women, I have had my shares of sprains and strains. Of the three major events I have experienced, sprained ankle, a calf muscle strain and a slipped disk ... the ankle was by far the worst. Perhaps only by a small margin, on second thoughts. That ankle sprain troubled me for six months in my pre-chiropractic days. Ouch!
Update: I wrote this page some five years ago. My recent run in with a femoral nerve damage must surely compete with that ankle injury, only it lasted two months under chiropractic care.
Worse, it disabled me. I had to give up squash for six months. And what cured it? This is dinkum, latent heat fusion ...
Chronic foot pain - plantar myofascitis
Treatment of a sprained ankle will include careful chiropractic management of any subluxation of the talus bone in the ankle mortise joint. Other joints in the foot, leg and even pelvis too, of course. During such a sudden sprain, a chain events often shakes up the whole spine. Thereafter ankle exercises are vital to prevent reoccurence and a future plantar myofascitis ...
Whilst sprained ankle often happens in sport, or stepping unexpectedly on the edge of the curb, never forget our CHIROPRACTIC HELP safety on the stairs page. In your own home it's paramount.
On a personal note...
I was playing an important squash match when, at full stretch, I put my foot clumsily into the crack between the floor and the wall. The stab of pain as my ankle turned was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. Sadly, I had to concede, as there was absolutely no possibility of continuing the match.
Within half an hour the ankle was very swollen and the next day there was bruising spreading down into the toes. Those were pre-chiropractic days, and I had no idea what to do.
The only suggestion of the school nurse for ankle sprain treatment was to use ice. Placing weight on the foot caused sharp stabs of pain within the ankle, and I had to use crutches for a week.
The ankle was extremely unstable, and for about six months, it would turn suddenly and unexpectedly, with sharp pain, and swell just whilst walking on level ground. After a few months the side of my knee started to ache.
It's a myth that, if you can walk on the walk on the ankle, that nothing is broken. Fortunately mine was not broken, though it should have been x-rayed.
What occurs in a sprained ankle?
TIP: Every day is a good day to quit smoking, but particularly today - avulsion fractures in smokers usually need to be pinned. The bone doesn't get enough oxygen, so after 6 weeks when the cast comes off, if it's still not healed, you have an operation and another two months in a cast to look forward to. Your call.
Can you spot the Jones fracture (below) on the side of the foot? There is a little white marker. This has to be cast, or it won't heal. The first priority in the treatment of a sprained ankle is the management of any fractures obviously. There are very few chiropractors equipped to do this, though the introduction of the post-graduate FICS programme is changing that. (see below)
An x-ray is important before chiropractic ankle sprain treatment if there is any suggestion of possible fracture, as adjusting the ankle would obviously aggravate the condition.
Usually more than one tissue is injured and unfortunately the treatment of one (eg a fracture) may contra-indicate the treatment of another (eg ice on the sprain, or adjusting the talus). Fracture will always take precedence. The talus can always be adjusted once the fracture has healed.
Sports chiropractic is now an integral part of the profession since the establishment of Federation International Chiropractic Sports ( FICS online ), a training course for chiropractors interested in treating sportsmen and women.
Ankle sprain treatment should ALWAYS include rehabilitation. Ankle exercises plus stretches plus ankle muscle strengthening. Otherwise another sprain is just around the corner and the likelihood of a nasty chronic plantar myofascitis.
A good ankle exercise stretch is simply to kneel on a carpet, with your toes pointed out behind you. Sit back on your heels, pressing them gently down towards the carpet. You should feel the stretch in the front and sides of the lower leg (not the calf).
Another essential stretch is for the Achilles calf muscle complex. Stand about one metre from a wall, with one foot forward,knee slightly bent, and the other straight with the heel firmly on the ground. Stretch forwards, first with the leg straight, and then slightly bent.
Strengthening weak muscles and stretching damaged ligaments so they remain flexible, mobilising the subluxated joint, and finally re-establishing what is called "proprioception" are all important parts of ankle sprain treatment. Do it! Wobble boards are important aspect of chiropractic ankle exercises ... are easily available, and really make a difference. Ask your chiropractor where you can buy one locally, or very easy to turn on a lathe if your are at all handy.
Whilst not every sprained ankle necessarily needs professional care, I am finding more and more patients complaining of foot and ankle pain, such as plantar myofascitis, that has its origins in a long forgotten sprain sprain (years ago). When in doubt, treatment of a sprained ankle should include a chiropractic examination. If a subluxated Talus bone or a subtalar joint dysfunction, for example, is not corrected, it will alter your gait and inevitably leads to changes in the foot.
This is particularly true if you are a sportsman and woman - footflare occurs and your performance will drop off. Plantar myofascitis often has its origin in a long forgotten injury that really should have had ankle sprain treatment.
An aside: A report in a geriatric medicine research journal reveals that older persons who do balance exercises every day (such as a wobble board, though just standing on one foot makes a good start) are much less likely to fall and break a hip or crack their head on the floor, the most common cause of death. When you're done with your wobble board, give it to mum for a birthday present. She will bless you in time. Tell her to be careful, or she may be needing ankle sprain treatment!
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Severe disabling arthritis of the ankle is less common than in the knee and hip, however it remains a regular challenge in every chiropractic clinic periodically. Invariably, it's an old sprain or fracture that was not well managed with the proper ankle sprain treatment; the hyaline cartilage degeneration is often accompanied by obesity, perhaps in part the cause, often the result of the disabling arthritis from the original injury.
If you can't walk regularly
because your ankle hurts, you're likely to put on weight, further
aggravating the problem. Worse, how fast you can and do walk, research
proves, will directly affect your longevity.
Joint distraction is one excellent option for advanced arthritis in the knee or ankle.
Choosing the right shoes is vital if you plan to walk or jog safely after your Chiropractic Ankle Sprain treatment. A firm strap around the heel helps to prevent pronation, and a solid rubber heel reduces shock to the cushioning under the foot. If you have a tendency towards flat feet, make sure there is good arch support to prevent pronation.
this site you will get some straight forward advice in what is really
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