Common twisted ankle symptoms and two treatments for them

Twisted Ankle Symptoms

It’s likely that at some point in your life you’ve twisted an ankle while playing sports or during some other activity, and you aren’t alone. A study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that more than 3.1 million ankle sprains were treated in U.S. emergency rooms between 2002 and 2006. 

Clearly, sprained or twisted ankles are very common, but pain and other symptoms in the ankle can be caused by other injuries, such as an Achilles tendon injury. Physical therapists can help you confirm that your symptoms are coming from a twisted ankle. They also offer treatment options that can help reduce your symptoms and promote ankle healing. 

Some common twisted ankle symptoms

Often, a popping sensation or noise is a symptom that signals a twisted ankle. However, there are other symptoms that this injury can cause as well, and some of these are: 

  • Pain
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot
  • Joint instability
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Decreased ability to make normal ankle movements

Two ways physical therapists can treat your twisted ankle symptoms

Physical therapists offer therapy techniques that can benefit patients with a twisted ankle. These techniques can be combined into a treatment plan that’s personalized to you, and two of the techniques commonly used to treat the symptoms of this injury are: 

  1. Therapeutic exercises — Moving the ankle as much as you can as soon as you can is vital to rapid healing. Your ankle will need some time to rest, but therapy specialists will also show you how to do therapeutic exercises to speed up healing. These exercises can help improve blood flow to the injured ankle. They can also strengthen ankle muscles to increase joint support, and they’re intended to improve joint range of motion.
  1. Manual therapy — This technique is a hands-on technique. Manual therapy movements are used to move and manipulate the affected body part and surrounding structures. In turn, this can help decrease muscle tension, and it can also help improve blood flow to the affected ankle and improve its mobility. 

Find out other therapy methods used for twisted ankle symptoms at Holland Physical Therapy

Are you looking for a physical therapy team to help treat your twisted ankle symptoms? Holland Physical Therapy has a team in Holland, Michigan, that’s ready to help you. Our clinic offers complimentary screening to help you begin your therapy with us. We also build personalized therapy plans for each patient, and our plans often use therapy methods like therapeutic exercises, manual therapy and others such as: 

 

Contact our team today for more information about how we can treat your ankle injury or to schedule your complimentary screening. 

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