• How to Deal With an Old Ankle Injury

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Sep 2nd, 2015

Ankle twists, strains, and sprains are among the most common lower extremity injuries treated by doctors and physical therapists. If you haven’t had one yourself, then you probably know someone who has. Unfortunately, since ankle injuries are so common, many people don’t seek appropriate treatment for them, and the injured ankle may not heal properly or completely. As a result, ankle twists and sprains that may have happened years ago can end up causing chronic pain. If you have an old ankle injury that’s starting to give you some trouble, the advice below may help you find relief!

Some Common Chronic Problems After an Ankle Injury

Instability

When you twist or sprain your ankle, the ligaments that support the bones and muscle in the ankle may become stretched out during the injury. Often, these ligaments won’t ‘snap back’ or regain their original shape. As a result, you’re left with an ankle that’s weak or less stable – which may not present a problem during normal daily activities, but can become noticeable when engaging in sports or strenuous activity. Without proper treatment, you may even subject the ligaments to further damage, which will cause the ankle to become weaker over time.

Pain/Stiffness

For months or even years after an ankle injury, you may notice that you aren’t able to rotate or flex your ankle fully without experiencing pain or stiffness. Not having the full range of motion in your ankle can adversely impact the way you walk or run. This not only increases your risk of further injury, but can lead other problems like back and hip pain.

How to Help An Old Ankle Injury

Restorative treatment for an old ankle injury can range from conservative – e.g., stretches and exercises, to aggressive – i.e., surgery, and can occasionally include both extremes. After a thorough examination and an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will be able to personalize a treatment plan based on your individual needs.

A good exercise for increasing ankle stability is single-leg balancing. With your shoes off, attempt to balance on the previously injured leg, until your ankle is fatigued. This will help strengthen the muscles in the ankle to help provide extra stability.

Calf stretches can help with ankle stiffness. Face a wall with your hands placed palms down against it. Position your feet about 2 to 3 feet from the wall, with the affected ankle slightly in front. With your knees slightly bent, slowly lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch at the top of the ankle.

Other possible treatments can include:

Are you suffering with an old ankle injury that’s keeping your from participating in sports or other daily activities? Don’t ignore the signs any longer, contact us today for an appointment. We will develop a custom rehabilitation program to help relieve your pain and stiffness and get you back out there, worry free.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/heel-pain/how-to-deal-with-an-old-ankle-injury/

Author Dr. LaMour

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