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ANKLE SPRAINS

INTRODUCTION TO ANKLE SPRAINS

An ankle sprain is a common walking and sporting injury. It can be a very painful experience and can significantly affect a patient’s lifestyle. It occurs due to the ankle twisting and causing damage to the soft tissues and ligaments. A ligament consists of several strands of tissue all compacted together to form a strong structure, similar to a rope. An ankle sprain may result in a partial or complete tear of a ligament, which stabilizes the ankle joint. Once the ligament is torn, it becomes weak which in turn affects ankle stability.

The degree in which the ankle stability is affected is dependent upon the level of the tear. When an ankle sprain occurs, the usual scenario involves the athlete "rolling" his or her ankle while landing from a jump or running followed by a sharp pain on the outside of the ankle. An audible "pop" or "snap" may accompany the injury, which sometimes signals ligamentous rupture. If the athlete can walk on the injured ankle, the likelihood of a serious injury is less, but athletic participation should be discontinued. Shoes should be kept on until examination and treatment. Symptoms include a swollen, painful ankle with possible bruising due to ruptured blood vessels.

CAUSES OF ANKLE SPRAINS

A sudden twist of an ankle may be caused due to: -

  • Sports
  • A biomechanical condition (an abnormality with a patients walking pattern)

TREATMENT OF ANKLE SPRAINS

  • Apply ice to the area straight away
  • You may need x-rays depending on the severity of the ankle sprain
  • Do not follow any other treatment regimes until a diagnosis is confirmed by a doctor
  • The R.I.C.E theory should be used, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
  • The recovery time is usually between 3-7 weeks; however; the swelling may last for a few months
  • In severe cases surgery may be necessary to repair tendons around the ankle joint
  • Sports orthotics and Insoles can provide stability and control inorder to prevent future occurrences of an ankle sprain

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Ankle sprains can be a result of improper arch support and misalignment of your heel and forefoot as you walk. Dr Foot Insoles provides a unique foot support system that re-aligns the lower body. The major cause of ankle sprains is over pronation (rolling over of the feet) which causes excessive pressure on the ankle bones and ligaments. This insole treats the underlying cause of ankle sprains and prevents future occurrences of the condition. Patients have reported relief of symptoms within 30 days of using this product.


Treatment Options for Ankle Sprains

Dr Foot's Sport Insoles
Treat the underlying cause of ankle sprains

Dr Foot Pro Insoles 3/4
Orthotics for daily use to treat an ankle sprain

Dr Foot Orthotic Sandals
Built in arch support for indoor and outdoor use


Ankle Sleeve
Provides support to vital ankle ligaments


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