Ankle Sprains Treatment
There are 3 ligaments of the lateral ankle: ATFL, CFL, and PTFL. Out of these 3, the ATFL is most commonly injured since it is the weakest. Often in an ankle sprain, the ligament – which connects bone to bone unlike the tendon connecting bone to muscle – is elongated, but not always ruptured. Ankle sprains respond well to bracing in the acute phase, then to physical therapy. The mainstay of treating ankle sprains includes proprioception, range of motion, and gait training. Acute ankle sprains respond especially well to treatment, which is an injury sustained less than 4 weeks.
Chronic ankle sprains are mildly more challenging to treat to the extended time the injury has been present, so if you have any kind of foot and ankle pain, see your physician at One Oak Medical for prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment.