Rolling, twisting, or turning the ankle in an awkward way can often result in a sprained ankle. The most common way that patients sprain their ankles is when the foot inverts, or turns inward, and then the ankle externally rotates, or turns outward. This opposing movement of the foot and ankle cause stretching or tearing in the tissues and ligaments that hold the ankle bones together. Most sprains are not serious with fewer than 5% of sprains requiring surgery. But it’s important for athletes to be aware of the symptoms of sprained ankles, what types of movements cause them, and what to do if they experience a sprain.
Pain on the outside of the ankle
Swollen and/or tender ankle
Bruising around ankle
Although it can happen to anyone, athletes are at higher risk of ankle sprains due to their increased activity. From slips to rolls, to just landing funny, sprains occur for a number of reasons.
Landed funny while running, jumping or playing a sport
The foot turned in and the ankle rolled out
Rolled the ankle and then felt something click or shift
Resprain of an old injury
Your chiropractor will be able to relieve some of the pain you’re experiencing and help reduce your discomfort.
Inflammation is the enemy, and chiropractors have the tools and advice to help reduce inflammation so you can heal faster.
Chiropractic care can cut down on healing time while allowing you to heal fully, so you can get back on the field faster.