Chiropractic Care for Ankle Injuries
By Sara Butler
Sprained and injured ankles are a common problem -- and they're a common injury seen by the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic, too.
These injuries are annoying, but what's worse is that they're also limiting. They impact your ability to get around and navigate even the easiest tasks in your everyday life. Here's what you need to know about ankle sprains and how the chiropractors at The Joint can help.
Ankle sprains are common and the most common sort of sprain is called the inversion sprain. This happens when you roll your ankle to the outside edge and the bottom of the foot faces your other foot instead of staying firmly planted on the ground. This injures the ligaments on the outside of your ankle and foot as well as the muscles on the outside of your leg. If the ankle doesn't properly heal, then it can become a chronic problem. It's why some people you know always seem to be rolling their ankles and in tremendous amounts of pain when they do it.
When you have an ankle sprain, it's important to have it evaluated by a chiropractor at The Joint. They can assess how bad the sprain is and work with you to ensure it heals the right way and doesn't turn into a chronic issue.
Helping to Heal -- Fully
One of the most important things you can do is work with a chiropractor to help heal your ankle -- and make it stronger than it was before. You do this through:
- Balance exercises - Your chiropractor may give you simple balance exercises to do each day that can help your balance improve and make you more steady on your feet in the first place.
- Stretches - Your calf muscles must be stretched each day in order to help restore proper motion of the ankle joint and eliminate joint restriction or dysfunctions that can compromise the function of the joint.
- Strength training - It's time for your ankle to do it's exercise movie montage to help it recover. This is accomplished by strengthening the muscles on the outside of your leg with exercise bands.
- Chiropractic adjustments - Ankle injuries are infamous for causing a reduced range of motion in the joint. The chiropractor can assess whether your ankles are moving the way they should and make hands-on adjustments to help them get there if they're not. This can help prevent future ankle sprains and keep you healthy.
Don't let your ankle sprain slow you down. Get into The Joint Chiropractic today and get back on your own two feet!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.