As one of the most common injuries in athletes, you or someone you know have probably experienced an ankle sprain and you likely have an idea of how painful these can be. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience an ankle sprain either, whether you are running or walking on uneven grass or sidewalks, or just stepping over toys left around the house. Did you know if you have sprained your ankle in the past, you are more likely to sprain your ankle again in the future? The good news is there are things you can do to decrease this risk by being proactive!
How does an ankle sprain happen?
Most often, ankle sprains happen when your ankle rolls inward, resulting in stretching and straining the ligaments of the outer ankle. You likely experience pain and swelling in the ankle that makes walking difficult.
What can you do?
Here are a few steps you can take to prevent an ankle sprain and the limitations that result:
*If you recently experienced an ankle sprain or if you are experiencing pain in your ankle, you should consult a physical therapist first.