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chiropractor treatment for ankle sprain in Carrollton, TX.

Chiropractic Treatment for Ankle Sprain in Carrollton, TX

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones in the ankle joint are stretched, overstretched or torn. Ligaments are tough bands of connective tissue that help stabilize joints by connecting bones to each other to prevent excessive motions at joints. Ankle sprains are a common injury and can range in severity from mild to severe, depending on the extent of ligament damage.

The most common type of ankle sprain is an inversion sprain, which occurs when the foot rolls inward, causing the outer ligaments to overstretch or tear. This often happens during activities such as walking or running on uneven surfaces, landing awkwardly from a jump, or participating in sports that involve sudden changes in direction. Eversion ankle sprains can happen where the foot goes outwards but is less common than an inversion ankle sprain.

Symptoms of an ankle sprain may include:
 

  1. Pain: Ankle pain is a common symptom, typically located on the outer side of the ankle.
     

  2. Swelling: The affected area may swell due to inflammation.
     

  3. Bruising: Bruising may occur around the ankle or foot.
     

  4. Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected leg: Severe sprains can make it challenging to put weight on the injured ankle.

How can Chiropractic care help an Ankle Sprain?

Chiropractic care can be helpful with recovery from ankle sprains. The initial goals are to reduce inflammation and maintain range of motion. This can be done with soft tissue therapies such as dry needling, shockwave therapy, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization techniques, cupping, ultrasound therapy or even other techniques. 
 

Manipulation and joint mobilization around the foot and ankle can help to improve biomechanics of the foot/arch and the ankle and also reduce pain as well, but mobilization is typically on the lighter side during beginning stages of recovery. Strengthening exercises of the foot and ankle are helpful with reducing pain and increasing strength and stability around the ankle. 

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