First off, let’s start by saying that no ankle injury is the same. Each one affects different ligaments, muscles, and bony surfaces. Each one is handled differently by a person’s unique brain, peripheral nervous system, and previous conditioning and training.
Second, I hear over and over again from people who have sprained one or both ankles 3, 6, and even 10 times throughout their lives. However, when they come to see me they aren’t seeking treatment for their ankles, but the ensuing knee pain, low back pain, etc. Think they’re related?
How do we avoid the downward trajectory of these injuries?
3. Don’t get stuck with a chronic injury.
The greatest risk for injury is previous injury. While some ankle sprains can heal up fairly quickly, others make take months - with consistent rehab and treatment. The alternative is to ignore it and have ankle issues for a lifetime. The good news is you don’t have to do it alone! Find a sports chiropractor, clinical bodyworker, sports acupuncturist, movement based physical therapist to get you moving in the right direction.
You can see some of personal ankle rehab journey here >> here.
Look for help in the right places,
I am a Sports Chiropractor in San Francisco. My posts reflect some of the day to day interactions and questions from patients, clients, and coaches. I strive to empower people through injury rehab & sports performance to lead healthy, productive lives.