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Rehab Exercises for Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Recovering from an ankle sprain is an important way to prevent lingering weakness and instability in the ligaments. To enhance your ankle's range of motion after a sprain, the ABC's exercise has proved effective. While seated, trace the alphabet with your toes suspended in the air. Flexibility stretches can help by placing a towel under your foot while gently pulling back, feeling a comfortable stretch. Toe curls help to strengthen the toes and foot arch. An effective stretch is done by standing on a smooth surface and scrunching a towel under your foot. Eversion and inversion exercises also help to build ankle strength. While seated in a chair, use a towel to help glide your foot outward and inward with slow, controlled movements to avoid strain. For added strength, toe lifts can be an effective stretch, which is done by gently lifting your toes while keeping your heel grounded. Weight-shifting exercises are beneficial in promoting balance and stability. This is done by gradually shifting your weight from side to side while maintaining proper form. Any of these exercises should be done with your podiatrist’s approval and without causing pain. For more information, it is suggested that you consult this type of doctor for additional stretches for ankle sprains.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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