The simple trick to Ankle Re-Sprains

04/09/2018

 

Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness in Belfield provides servicing to many near by Inner West suburbs including Belmore, Strathfield and Croydon park. See our weekly blog below if you are interested in new research, facts, general information or ideas.

 

Ankle pain is one of the most frequent injuries we see at LIMP IN LEAP OUT PHYSIOTHERAPY. What strikes me as significant, is we see lots of new patients coming in repetitive ankle injuries/sprains.

For your information: *proprioception exercises include balancing exercise*

 

When you “sprain your ankle”, what you've really done is over-stretched some of the ligaments in your ankle. These ligaments are on the outside and inside of your ankle and prevent excessive inversion (foot bending inwards) or excessive eversion (foot bending outwards). Today we are discussing ANKLE SPRAIN INJURY PREVENTION.

 

Common interventions for preventing ankle sprains include tape, ankle braces, muscle strengthening and proprioceptive training. A tremendous amount of research has been conducted on injury rates and injury prevention, with the vast majority showing significant improvements in ankle sprains with proprioceptive training. A study in 2016 on a professional men's basketball team found that those individuals who completed a proprioception/balance program had a 75% reduction in re-injuries of ankle sprains.

WHY should we engage into a proprioceptive training program?

When you've sprained your ankle, proprioceptive stability is reduced. This means, 'knowing where your body is in space has become impacted. It is the ability to walk downstairs without looking at your feet during the task. If this is not re-trained, you are at risk of re-injury.

The most important thing to take from the above is, if you find you keep rolling your ankle during a sport or everyday life tasks

PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP! 

This information can be used to gain a better understanding of ankle pain. To find out more about how we can help your ankle pain or balancing training, or to book in for a consultation you can contact us via our Limp in Leap out Physiotherapy & Wellness contact us page, or book online here.

 

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Written by Michael

Physiotherapist

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