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How Do You Know If You Have a Lateral Ankle Sprain?

How Do You Know If You Have a Lateral Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries, and they can happen to anyone at any time. One of the most common types of ankle sprains is a lateral ankle sprain. This type of injury occurs when the ligaments on the outside of your ankle are stretched or torn due to a sudden twisting motion. It can be challenging to know if you have a lateral ankle sprain, especially if you are not familiar with the symptoms. In this blog post, we will discuss how to identify lateral ankle sprains with tips from a physiotherapist and chiropractor.

Signs and Symptoms

The first step in identifying a lateral ankle sprain is knowing what signs and symptoms to look out for. The most common symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. You may also experience stiffness or limited range of motion in your ankle joint.

Physical Examination

If you suspect that you have a lateral ankle sprain, it’s essential to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. A physiotherapist or chiropractor can perform a physical examination to determine the severity of your injury and develop an appropriate treatment plan based on your specific needs.

Imaging Tests

In some cases, imaging tests may be necessary to confirm an ankle sprain diagnosis. X-rays can help rule out any fractures or other underlying conditions that may be causing your symptoms. An MRI may also be ordered if there is concern about ligament damage or other soft tissue injuries.

Treatment Options

Once your healthcare provider has diagnosed your lateral ankle sprain, they will recommend an appropriate treatment plan based on the severity of your injury. Treatment options typically include rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E), physiotherapy, chiropractic care, and in severe cases, surgery. Your healthcare provider will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs.

Prevention Strategies

Finally, it’s essential to take steps to prevent future ankle injuries once you have recovered from a lateral ankle sprain. This includes wearing appropriate footwear and using ankle braces or support when engaging in high-risk activities such as sports or exercise. Additionally, maintaining good ankle stability through exercises such as balance training can help reduce the risk of future injuries.

Lateral ankle sprains can be challenging to identify, but with the help of a physiotherapist or chiropractor, an accurate diagnosis can be made. If you suspect that you have a lateral ankle sprain, it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly and follow your healthcare provider’s recommended treatment plan to ensure proper healing and prevent future injuries. By taking preventative measures such as wearing appropriate footwear and performing ankle-strengthening exercises, you can reduce your risk of future ankle injuries and enjoy an active lifestyle safely.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC or another Kitchener chiropractor at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC

Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC

Chiropractor, Clinic Director
Dr. Tyler Baron is a Chiropractic Doctor at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Baron takes a functional approach to care, utilizing his background in kinesiology, and advanced knowledge of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), and Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA). He has also received certifications in advanced manual techniques including Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Active Release Therapy (ART).

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