Ankle sprain treatment should be from a sports chiropractor with a FICS qualification; that's an in depth post graduate diploma for those wanting to care for track and field athletes, swimmers and so on.
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.
Ankle sprain treatment is something most of us will have need of sometime; management of choice must include the examination of the mortise and subtalar joints.
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, namely a sprained subtalar joint, 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, that ankle disabled me. I had to give up squash for six months. And what cured it? This is dinkum, latent heat fusion ...
Chronic foot pain.
Ankle sprain treatment will include careful chiropractic management of any subluxation of the talus bone in the ankle mortise joint; and 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 reoccurrence 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 shocking 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 joint, 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 fractured, though in retrospect 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 joint 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; exercises plus stretches and muscle strengthening techniques. Otherwise another injury 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 but 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. Lean forwards, first with the leg straight, and then slightly bent at the knee.
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 an important aspect of chiropractic ankle exercises; they are easily available, and really make a difference. Ask your chiropractor where you can buy one locally, or they are very easy to turn on a lathe if you are at all handy and have some machine tools.
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 that happened years ago. Just read all the letters from correspondents at the bottom of this page.
When in doubt, treatment of a sprained ankle should include a chiropractic examination. If a subluxated mortise 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!
For more interesting cases from the Chiropractic Coalface,
click here: CHIROPRACTIC COALFACE ...
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 injury that was not well managed with the proper ankle sprain treatment; the hyaline cartilage degeneration is often accompanied by obesity as walking and jogging become difficult; perhaps it is part the cause, but 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
quite a difficult topic. Ankle sprain treatment begins with
the best walking shoes ...
Share your question. Perhaps I or someone else can contribute to the misery that foot and ankle joint pain can cause.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
Grade 3 sprained ankle with ruptured ATFL
Hi, 2 weeks ago I fell and severely sprained my left ankle. After a few visits to the hospital and GP found out I have a grade 3 sprain and completely …
Badly sprained my left foot five weeks ago.
I tripped over a Chinese rug and nearly passed out. I went to the hospital after a week of keeping my foot raised and not putting any weight on it. I plunged …
Achilles pain and inflammation after sprain Not rated yet
Achilles pain and inflammation after sprain is a not uncommon sequela. About a month after spraining my ankle I have resumed walking at work, which …
cuboid joint causing pain on pad of foot Not rated yet
I am a 68 yr old very active male. Golf, walking, dancing and gardening. First noticed slight pain, as if my sock was creased, under the ball of foot …
Sprained ankle for 2 months Not rated yet
Sprained ankle for 2 months. I went to the doctors and was told it's a sprained ankle and I need to ice, rest etc; by second week the was no improvement …
leg pain from knee to ankle Not rated yet
Chiropractic Help homepage » Sprained ankle » Leg pain from knee down I've sprained my ankle 3 times; the first time I was 16 skate …
Ankle sprain Not rated yet
I sprained my ankle 15 days ago and my ankle is still swollen and painful; I'm getting a lot of pressure pains all the way around my ankle and down to …
Badly sprained foot after six weeks Not rated yet
I wrote in earlier regarding a badly sprained foot, having tripped over a Chinese rug. I have attached a couple of photos now it has nearly been six weeks …
untreated sprained leg Not rated yet
I have got a sprain in my ankle 21 days ago; at that time a lot of swelling was there but after treating by some home remedies on my ankle swelling was …
Torn ankle ligament three months ago Not rated yet
Torn ankle ligament three months ago I was playing netball that day and when I jumped high and landed, my left ankle sprained and became swollen. So …
ankle sprain then hip surgery Not rated yet
I sprained my ankle in 2012. After almost 2 years of limping on my left side, we found a tear in my hip labrum and cartilage tore off the bone. It was …
Twisted ankle months ago still some pain Not rated yet
About 4 months ago I twisted my ankle outwards in high heels; now when I walk on it I get a burning sensation on the outer edge closer to my ankle bone …
Had a bad ankle sprain possibly affecting calf, groins and back!!! Not rated yet
I had a bad ankle sprain on my right football, and now I believe it had affected my calf, groin, hamstring to be consistently tight. I just want to know …
rolled ankle Not rated yet
stepped on someones foot while running felt a pop, was able to limp around for a short while, hurt next day ankle did not swell but could not put …
Navicular bone Not rated yet
I twisted my left foot and right now I've got problems with the navicular bone; I have pain in my foot. Hello Luis, If it's not getting better then …
Second degree foot sprain Not rated yet
Six days ago I twisted my right foot. Of course there is some yellowish bruising appearing on my foot. I went to the doctor and got it Xrayed. They …
Old untreated sprain Not rated yet
I had a sprain on the anterior talofibular ligament and it was left untreated for year. It has been swollen and sometimes painful throughout the years …
Terrible ankle pain from an old sports injury Not rated yet
I went over front twist and it has never been the same tried everything please help me as it is the right foot I need a lot more detail, Craig, …
Ankle pain Not rated yet
I am a sportswomen and an avid tennis player (13 years now) and I have noticed that my ankle joint pain occurs when I'm playing tennis indoor on a hard …
Interesting reader's questions