January 28, 2020

Physical Therapy for Ankle Fractures and Sprains

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Imagine Physical Therapy

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5 minutes


The ankle can be a common source of pain and/or stiffness for a variety of reasons. Ankles can be injured easily while playing sports, walking on uneven surfaces, or stepping off of curbs/stairs. Rolling or turning the ankle can result in damage to the ligaments or bones around the ankle joint and cause swelling, pain, and impaired mobility at the ankle. These injuries impact the ability to walk, play sports, and complete daily tasks. Whether you are recovering from an ankle fracture or sprain, physical therapy can help. 

Ankle sprains and fractures can be treated with physical therapy through ankle and lower extremity strengthening, balance activities, stretching, dry needling, and manual therapy. After an ankle fracture, immobilization of the ankle joint and restricted weight bearing in the lower extremity is common. A physical therapist can help guide you through your recovery and help you regain range of motion, muscle strength, balance, and help you return to your prior level of function. Likewise, ankle sprains can become chronic without proper treatment. Physical therapy can help you regain function in the ankle, as well as, prevent future ankle injuries. 

At Imagine Physical Therapy, you will receive one on one care with a trained physical therapist. Your physical therapist will work hard to evaluate your injury, identify specific impairments, and provide the best treatment available. Whether it’s using a Mulligan mobilization with movement technique to increase ankle range of motion, balance activities to challenge single leg stability, or soft tissue mobilization to decrease muscle tenderness, you will receive the evidence-based care you need in order to get better faster and better longer. 



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