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The REAL Cause of Your Ankle Sprain Isn’t What You Think It Is…

The REAL Cause of Your Ankle Sprain Isn’t What You Think It Is…

No, that root you tripped over was NOT the “root cause” of your ankle sprain.

Ankle Sprains are the injury involving the Trisection of ligaments that surround and connect the bones of our leg and the foot.

Ankle Sprains happens when these bands of ligaments are torn apart by accidentally twisting or turning of the ankle. These ligaments stabilize the joint and get sprained when they are forced to do movements beyond their range of capacity.

The most common underlying cause of an ankle sprain is weak muscles around the ankle. Your muscles support your ligament, so it’s more likely that your ligament will overstretch and tear if you have weak ankle muscles.

Other common underlying causes for ankle sprains include:

  • Not performing ankle strengthening, stretching, and mobility exercises
  • Unsupportive footwear (such as flip flops, heels, or worn out sneakers)
  • Exercising/Walking on an uneven surface (such as sand, a slant, or a rocky trail)
  • Not warming properly up before exercise
  • Sitting, standing, lifting, and/or exercising with poor posture
  • Lack of Ankle’s muscular Flexibility
  • High Arched Foot
  • Limited Strength & Proprioception

Ankle Sprain Symptoms

Ankle Sprain Symptoms

The most telltale sign is an awkward foot movement coupled with a rolled ankle and immediate pain.

Other symptoms include:

  • An inability to bear weight on the affected ankle without pain and/or loss of stability
  • A lack of mobility (the ankle will feel stiff and lose its full range of motion)
  • Tender to the touch
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Your symptoms can range from mild to severe and can last a week to several weeks or more (depending on whether you get the proper treatment).

There are three grades of an ankle sprain:

  • Grade 1: (Mild) Microscopic tearing of the ligament. You may have a little bit of swelling, pain, and tenderness.
  • Grade 2: (Moderate) Partial tearing of the ligament. You may have moderate swelling, pain, tenderness, and looseness of the ankle joint.
  • Grade 3: (Severe) Full tear of the ligament. You may have severe swelling, pain, tenderness, and instability within the ankle joint.
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Here’s What Patients Have To Say About Back In Motion

Here’s What Patients Have To Say About Back In Motion

I started with Back in Motion in late May 2021 as I felt “stuck” in my recovery from a Pilon fracture in the right ankle. After 10 one-hour sessions in under 3 months with We were able to improve my dorsiflexion from 4 degrees to 10 degrees, with room to improve. +6 degrees is a substantial improvement. My single leg strength got better as well. The entire experience from walking into the door to walking out was great.

I have tried other forms of physical therapy and rehab but with not as great of results. If you’re serious about getting to the root cause of your pain and want to stay active and mobile for years to come without surgery or dangerous drugs, Back In Motion is the place.

“This place is next-level physical therapy. I’ve had physical therapy all through my life and I’ve never experienced the techniques or the level of expertise that I have with these folks. This is what physical therapy is supposed to be. You actually get 60 minutes of physical therapy. These techniques and procedures are cutting edge you will not find a better physical therapist in Lee County.”

Want Help to Decide if Ankle Sprain Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Want Help to Decide if Ankle Sprain Physical Therapy is Right For You?

Our Approach to Treating Ankle Sprains

Our Approach to Treating Ankle Sprains

  • The Gray Method™ An approach invented by our owner, Dr. Scott Gray. The premise behind everything focuses on pinpointing the original CAUSE of your injury, pain, or stiffness, rather than just addressing the symptoms.

  • Dry Needling Dry needling is a new intervention that helps with an array of muscle, nerve, ligament, and tendon pathologies. The premise behind this treatment is reducing myofascial trigger points but also increases blood flow and connective tissue to the injured area. This may help expedite the healing process.

  • Functional Strength Exercises- To gain back, the normal functioning strength of the ankle which has been severely injured from grade III sprain, it is important to follow the proper regime of exercises. Strengthening exercises, balance, and control exercises to properly regain the entire functioning strength of your ankle.

  • Patient Education- Sometimes, patients need proper education on how to squat, walk, and exercise properly, and which types of shoes they should and shouldn’t wear. Physical therapists will share their knowledge to help patients recover sooner.

  • Range Of Motion Exercises- Range of Motion (ROM) exercises and stretches help the recovery. These basic stretches allow the healed ligaments to move gently. Flex, Circles, Alphabets, Towel Curls are few of the ROM stretches which can be done at home without anybody’s help.

  • Functional Mobility & Strengthening- An approach that helps increase your overall mobility and strength to ensure your pain stays away long after rehab. Increased strength & mobility will help you heal your current pain or injury, prevent future injuries, improve your posture, prevent chronic diseases, and protect bone health.

We Find the REAL Cause… and Fix It

The underlying cause of your sprain is difficult to recognize on your own – and usually, there is more than one.

Our patients are surprised to learn that the sprain wasn’t such an “accident” after all.

Instead, it may have resulted from underlying causes like mobility issues or muscular imbalances.

Our expert ankle team can pinpoint the underlying cause of YOUR ankle sprain – often in less than twenty minutes. Together, we’ll create a plan that will put a wall between you and the next “random” ankle sprain.

Why continue to suffer with reoccurring sprains when a majority of ankle sprains are COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE?

Once you get the right treatment, your quality of life will skyrocket.

You’ll finally be able to continue your usual activities pain-free and without the fear of reinjuring your ankle.

Permanent relief for your ankle sprain is just a click away!

Don’t allow your sprained ankle to interrupt your life any longer!

Contact our office by calling 239-766-5258 or schedule your appointment today by clicking one of the options below.

You’ll be so happy to get back in motion again without pain.

Dedicated To Your Success,

Frequently Asked Questions About Ankle Sprains

Frequently Asked Questions About Ankle Sprains

1) Bow down to P.R.I.C.E. Principles Initially

Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and The elevation is another derivative version of traditional R.I.C.E. principles. The P.R.I.C.E. should be must be followed for the first 48 – 72 hours immediately after the injury. The goal is to control the amount of swelling to, prevent further injury, and to reduce the pain.

P- Protection – Use ace bandage, over-the-counter brace, aluminum splint, sling, protective tape, etc. to partially immobilize the injured area.

R- Rest – A person should not indulge in activities that stress the injured area to the point of pain which causes slow healing. The purpose is to allow the body’s healing processes to naturally occur.

I- Ice- Cryotherapy is the use of cold treatments to treat injuries. Ice reduces swelling as well as decrease pain. Use a simple plastic bag of crushed ice to place over on the light barrier like a paper towel over the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes.

C-Compression- compression wrap should be applied to the injured area right after the Ice pack to minimize the swelling. Three-inch elastic bandages can be used for an adult’s ankle.

E- Elevation- Elevate the leg to a certain height to reduce the amount of blood flow to the injured area. The injured area has to be above the heart level. Controlling swelling can help decrease pain and speeds up recovery time.

1) Inversion ankle sprains

Inversion ankle sprains are the most common type of soft-tissue injury. These types of sprains also go by name of the lateral ankle because the lateral ligaments of the foot joining the bone are involved in the injury. The function of the lateral ligaments is to prevent excessive inversion of the ankle. These lateral ligaments aren’t much strong as the ones on the other side of the ankle, due to which inversion sprains are more likely to happen than eversion sprains.

2) Eversion ankle sprains

These sprains also go by the name Medial sprains because of the medial and Deltoid complex ligaments involved in the injury, which is a group of four separate ligaments. These ligaments make up a triangular shape, which is the Greek letter Delta, hence the name. These four ligaments are the anterior tibiotalar, tibiocalcaneal, posterior tibiotalar, and tibionavicular. The names correspond to the bone they connect.

If somehow, the deltoid ligaments experience enough pressure to be the reason for the injury, there are chances of structural injuries along with deltoid ligament sprains, such as fracture or dislocation. Hence, always get an evaluated opinion from a licensed professional to rule out the possibility.

3) High Ankle Sprain

This type of sprain happens when ligament between the bones tibia and fibula gets damaged. The joint is called the ankle syndesmosis, hence the high ankle sprain is also known as Syndemosis sprain. The tight webbing of ligaments is bound together by the interosseous membrane. The severity of the sprain could be a first-degree high ankle sprain when the few ligament fibers of the interosseous membrane are damaged.

Second-degree sprain when more damage is done to tibia-fibula joint and extreme damage to the interosseous membrane. A Third-degree high ankle sprain is when a joint is possibly dislocated and the interosseous ligament is completely torn apart.

High ankle sprains are caused mainly due to twisting injuries occurring from playing sports that have a lot of cutting and contact involved. For example, football, basketball, roller derby, etc. The twisting is caused by extreme ankle dorsiflexion and an external rotation of the shin bone.

Most Common people try to tough out ankle injuries by waiting to heal on its own and not seeking medical attention. But it is always advised to get a check-up to rule out the possibility of Ankle fracture.

Hence, sometimes it can be self-tested by putting weight on the ankle and taking a few steps to ensure you didn’t break anything.

Also, a severely sprained ankle may not heal properly as it could lose its range of motion and stability, resulting in recurrent sprains in the future.

It depends on the severity of your injury as well as how long ago it happened. If you just twisted your knee or sprained your ankle, for example, some exercises may be slightly painful at first. However, in just a few days, you will feel much better.