Ankle sprains are a common sports injury that we frequently address here in Rochester. With more than 2 million athletes experiencing ankle sprains each year, taking preventive measures and prioritizing swift recovery is crucial.

Almost everyone knows the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate, and has been the standard protocol for decades.

However, this is changing, and research advocates for rehabilitation immediately following a sprain. Ankle sprains loaded from day one have better outcomes and show that the athlete gets back on the field quicker.

Types of Ankle Sprains

  • Inversion, the most common ankle sprain, is when your foot rolls inward.
  • Eversion, is when the ankle rolls outward and damages the deltoid ligament.
  • High Ankle Sprain, damage can occur to the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula (lower leg bones); these can be the most severe.
  • Chronic Ankle Sprains, happen when you repeatedly roll your ankle and experience chronic instability. 

Skare Spine & Performance Approach:

Therapy will start immediately for ankle sprains. To the athlete's tolerance, this will include balance training, proper foot activation, loading, and range of motion exercises, and will continue to progress to activities to get the athlete ready for competition. 

We will also utilize the following:

With this protocol, we successfully treat ankle sprains and get athletes back on the field sooner.

The Days of Ice and Rest Are Over.

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Using a balance board to increase proprioception and balance of the foot and ankle is important in recovery and to prevent further ankle sprains.