Chiropractic Care for Ankle Sprains

Chiropractic Care for Ankle SprainsAn ankle sprain is a common injury that occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched or torn. Typically this happens from a plantar flexion and inversion injury most commonly involving the peroneus brevis and tertius. This can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. While traditional treatments like rest, ice, and elevation can help with the initial healing process, chiropractic care can be a valuable addition to a comprehensive treatment plan for ankle sprains.

Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach to healthcare that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. A certified chiropractic extremity practitioner can address not only the spinal complaints but also the extremity complaints including the foot and ankle region. Here are some ways that chiropractic care can help with ankle sprains:

Manual Therapy Techniques: Chiropractors are trained to perform manual therapy techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization and joint manipulation. Soft tissue mobilization can help reduce muscle tension, increase range of motion, and improve blood flow to the affected area. Joint manipulation can help restore normal joint movement and reduce pain. A specific joint manipulation to the foot and ankle can help restore normal biomechanics after a recent injury.

Rehabilitation Exercises: Chiropractors can also provide rehabilitation or corrective exercises to help strengthen the muscles and ligaments in the ankle. This can help reduce the risk of future ankle sprains and improve overall ankle function.

Gait Analysis: Chiropractors can perform gait analysis to identify any issues with the way you walk or run. By correcting any imbalances or abnormalities in your gait, you can reduce the risk of future ankle sprains. This is done one on one with the doctor to observe the way you walk, jog, or run. Any abnormalities will be addressed and a protocol to correct them will be put in place.

Supportive Devices: Chiropractors can also recommend supportive devices, such as ankle braces or orthotics, to help support the ankle and reduce the risk of further injury. In some cases, kinesiology tape may also be beneficial for support.

It’s important to note that while chiropractic care can be helpful for ankle sprains, it should be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as rest and ice. If you have an ankle sprain, it’s important to seek medical attention and get a proper diagnosis before starting any treatment.

A sports chiropractor, like Dr. Michelle Oz, can use a variety of techniques to help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. If you have an ankle sprain, consider seeking the care of a chiropractor to help you get back on your feet faster.

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