Runners Needing An Ankle Specialist In Thousand Oaks
by Cheryl Schuhmann-Wertheimer, PT, DPT, October 28, 2015
Are You A Runner Needing An Ankle Specialist In Thousand Oaks?
The most common injury to runners is the ankle sprain, often called a “twisted ankle.” The American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society reports that it happens to roughly 25,000 people each day.
Sprains typically occur when the foot lands incorrectly, causing the ankle to roll. This sudden movement, occurring while the foot itself remains planted, causes overstretching or tearing in the ligaments. It’s very common among athletes, but it can also happen to anyone who has the misfortune of stepping down on an uneven surface. “I think I came down wrong,” is an often heard refrain.
The two most common types of ankle sprains are:
- Inversion sprains – when the ankle rolls inward
- Eversion sprains – when the ankle rolls outward
What Is Ankle Sprain?
Sprains are injuries to ligaments, the “bands” that hold joints together. Ankle sprains occur when the foot twists or turns beyond its normal range of movement, causing the ligaments to stretch beyond their normal length. If the force is too strong, the ligaments may tear.
An ankle sprain can range from mild to severe, depending on how badly the ligament is damaged or how many ligaments are injured. An ankle sprain is given a grade from 1 to 3 depending on the amount of ligament damaged. A grade 1 sprain is mild, grade 2 is moderate, and grade 3 is severe. Reference: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/resources/detail.aspx?cid=3c31ac5a-19ef-4c97-a8b6-ea1cfe19ac95#.ViwXCPmrSM8
Sprains are accompanied by swelling and bruising which can be quite painful. But in most cases, the injury is not very serious. However, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be treated seriously.
Visiting an ankle specialist is essential for a good recovery. It is also important to know that once you have suffered a sprained ankle, you now have a higher risk of getting a sprain in the future.
The right training and conditioning program, including exercises to improve ankle strength and flexibility, as well as balance, will not only help reduce the potential for ankle injuries in the future but also improve overall athletic performance.
The specialists at Transitions Therapies West, serving the residents of Thousand Oaks, are ready to help. We will assess your current ankle strength and range of mobility, and work with you to develop the best regiment to suit your needs and goals. Contact us today at (805) 496-2189. We’ll get you back on your feet again.