An ankle injury produces pain, swelling and discoloration. Following the “RICE” protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) can help minimize these symptoms. It is always a good idea to seek medical intervention to ensure there are no fractures.
The next step for a quick return to the field is Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy will improve range of motion, strength, and stability of the ankle. Physical Therapy will also improve balance and proprioception. Proprioception is the ankles' ability to tell the brain what position it’s in, in space. Improving balance and proprioception is important in reducing the risk of re-injury.
Following these steps will promote a speedy and safe return to the playing field. Most insurances offer direct access for Physical Therapy, meaning that you can see the Physical Therapist of your choice WITHOUT a prescription.
Contact your favorite MyHometown Physical Therapist with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Blog Post by: Debra Donohue, PT
Westside Physical Therapy