Ankle Sprain Treatment from Our Chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a sprain and a strain? In the simplest terms, a sprain means damage to a ligament, whereas a strain means damage to a muscle. When it comes to the former, the ankle is one of the most common joints in the body that may become sprained. For over 16 years, Fort Lauderdale chiropractor Dr. Jeffrey Tartack has helped hundreds of individuals recover from ankle sprains and other leg injuries.
What Does It Mean if Someone Sprains Their Ankle?
As mentioned, a sprain equals ligament damage. Ligaments are tough fibers that connect bones to other bones. There are several ligaments in your ankle which are critical for providing both joint stability and mobility.
If you sprain your ankle, this means that one or more of your ankle ligaments was stretched beyond its normal length and subsequently torn. The degree of the tear will generally determine the severity of your ankle sprain. Even small tears in the ligaments can lead to pain, instability, and other symptoms (see below).
Common Symptoms of An Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains are typically acute injuries that come on quickly. Symptoms can vary from person to person and depend on the extent of the ligament damage itself. That said, some of the classic symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
- Ankle pain often described as achy, tender, sore, and/or throbbing
- Swollen ankle (due to inflammation and swelling)
- Bruising along the inner or outer aspect of the ankle and foot
- Decreased range of motion at the ankle
- An inability to bear weight on the sprained foot
- A feeling of instability or weakness around the ankle (this often comes later)
Why Do Ankle Sprains Happen?
An ankle sprain is a very common type of sports injury. It's particularly prevalent among activities that require a lot of jumping, pivoting, running, and turning (like basketball, tennis, racquetball, running, and gymnastics). That said, anyone can sustain sprained ankle if they land on their foot wrong. For instance, if you fall or trip while walking, your ankle may twist, thus damaging a ligament.
You may be more at risk for spraining your ankle if you have poor body mechanics, wear improper footwear, have particularly weak and/or inflexible ankles, or have been over-training or under-training. Unfortunately, having an ankle sprain once in your past may actually make you more at risk for developing another ankle sprain in the future. This is why it's so important to seek proper treatment after any sort of ankle injury so that you can relieve your current symptoms and hopefully prevent chronic or recurring symptoms from developing.
How Our Chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale Can Help You Treat & Manage Your Ankle Pain
Chiropractic care is not just for back pain! Our chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale can naturally treat ankle pain and stiffness related to an acute or sub-acute ankle sprain with treatments like:
- Ice (cryotherapy) and compression, to reduce inflammation and swelling
- Cold laser therapy, to increase local blood flow, promote tissue healing and reduce pain
- Foot orthotics, to provide more support and stability at the foot and ankle
- Kinesio taping, to improve lymphatic drainage, reduce swelling, and relieve pain
- Postural re-education, to improve your body mechanics and prevent recurring sprains
- Corrective exercises to improve the strength and proprioception (joint awareness) in your ankle and lower leg
Contact Our Local Fort Lauderdale Chiropractor for More Information!
Did you recently sprain your ankle, or sprained your ankle in the past? Visit our Fort Lauderdale chiropractor to maximize your ankle strength and integrity. Call 954-764-4042 to schedule your appointment at Tartack Chiropractic today. We look forward to meeting with you!