Ankle Instability /Sprains
Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect one bone to another and bind joints together. In the case of the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement. An ankle sprain, simply put, is an injury to one or more ligaments, usually on the outside of the ankle. Sprains can result from a fall, a sudden twist, or other movements that force the ankle out of its normal position. Symptoms can include pain and soreness, swelling, bruising, difficulty walking, and joint stiffness. An untreated ankle sprain can lead to chronic ankle instability, bone fractures, and foot injuries. Nonsurgical treatment options include rest, ice, compression, elevation, EPAT, laser therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
“Every day in the US, 25,000 people sprain their ankle. Ankle injuries can happen to anyone at any age. Half of all ankle sprains occur during an athletic activity. More than 1 million people visit emergency rooms each year because of ankle injuries.”