ankle_sprains_1Common and Uncommon Ankle Sprains
by ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute

Tid Bits of Info.

  • The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint in the human body.
  • Inversion ankle sprains occur significantly more frequently 8x/10,000 athletes vs 1/10,000 athletes experiencing a “high” ankle sprain.
  • The “high” ankle sprain results when the distal tibia/fibula ligaments are damaged.
  • One study had results of missed competition: inversion ankle sprain 8 days and “high” ankle sprains 3+ weeks.
  • If you sprain your ankle, get treatment from a Physical Therapist.

Many of us have twisted an ankle at some point. Typically, you’re walking or running, and you step on an uneven surface. Suddenly the ankle rolls towards the outside, and you’re on the ground experiencing intense pain. This type of ankle sprain is an inversion sprain, and it’s the most common type that healthcare providers treat. While this sprain heals relatively quickly, the “high” ankle sprain is less common and takes more time to heal.

The ankle joint is comprised of the distal tibia, fibula and talus.  The bones are held together with leather-like ligaments which provide static stability while the muscle structure gives dynamic stability.  When a sprain occurs, the static stabilizing ligaments are damaged and the injury severity ranges from a strain to a complete rupture.  read more at….

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