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  • Writer's pictureTanvi Desai

How Chiropractic care can help with Ankle Sprain relief

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Sprained your ankle?

It can happen to anyone. There are over 2 million cases of ankle sprains in the US–every year. A big reason why this is so common is that a simple misstep may be enough to sprain the ankle. If you are walking, and you land on the side of your foot instead of the sole–the “weight” pushes the ligaments out of their range of motion and causes them to tear. So, naturally, people engaged in regular physical activities are at a higher risk of spraining their ankles.

But the good news is that most people can fully recover from ankle sprains–if given the proper treatment. Chiropractic care, in particular, has been very effective in identifying and healing the root of this injury.

What may cause you to sprain your ankle? And how can I help treat your injury at Lotus Chiropractic Care? Here’s the idea-

Ankle sprain- 4 common causes

Sports or other physical activities

Think of your favorite team in football, basketball, or volleyball. About 3 players in that team are probably dealing with ankle sprains. It is one of the most common of all sports injuries.

Since almost every sport involves a lot of running, landing, turning, and jumping–there is always a risk of landing awkwardly on the ground. The foot may then get twisted, causing a tear in one or more ligaments in the ankle.

Ankle misalignments

If you are dealing with ankle misalignments or are predisposed to misalignments, you face a higher risk of ankle sprains. Basically–when there is a misalignment in your ankle, the ankle bone slips off the heel bone. This usually results in your feet rolling excessively inward.

Such conditions only lead to further problems and pain. Patients with misaligned ankles are thus at constant risk of spraining their ankles.

Spinal misalignments

The pelvis sits on the spine or sacrum. And when the spine is off-balance or misaligned, one side of the pelvis may be higher than the other–causing a leg lift. When you walk around with this condition, landing on your foot feels like stepping in a pothole on one side. This may easily lead to ankle sprains and other problems.

Improper shoes

Shoes that have worn out or do not fit properly–make your ankle more vulnerable to injuries. High heels are an example of shoe types that may cause ankle sprains, but they are not the only culprit. Any shoe that does not take care of the lateral (side-to-side) movement of your foot–can cause you to roll your ankle with a misstep. This is why it is not advisable to keep wearing your old shoes. They have lost almost all their stability.

So, make sure you pay an extra bit of attention while getting a new shoe. Especially if you are getting sports shoes!

Ankle sprain treatment at Lotus Chiropractic Care

In my office, I will first assess your ankle and test its range of motion. Using x-rays, scans, and other forms of diagnosis–I can check for torn ligaments, fractures, or misalignments. I will then develop the right treatment plan based on the severity of your condition.

If there are misalignments in the ankles or spine, gentle adjustments can be key in fixing this. Realigning the bones to their natural state–may also relieve stress on the supporting tendons and ligaments. Based on the condition and preference of a patient, I also use chiropractic instruments for gentler, finer adjustments. These techniques have been incredibly effective in reducing pain and improving joint mobility among my patients.

Chiropractic care is also a preventive treatment at its core. In my office, I will walk you through some simple exercises that will help improve the strength and mobility of your ankle. Some lifestyle changes may also be key in helping you live a life with minimal injuries.

Living with a sprained ankle can open the door to a slew of problems. Why go there? Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive solution to your problem. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, Dr. Tanvi Desai will assess your sprain and develop the right treatment plan for you.

Let us get you running again in no time!

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