Most people don’t realize that physical therapy is the most important part of rehabilitating an ankle sprain. The golden rule for an ankle sprain is to prevent any further injury. At the beginning of a sprain, this means using crutches and always wearing an ankle brace but as the ankle heals, it’s weakness needs to be treated or a person take a mistep while walking and re-sprain their ankle.
A bad ankle sprain or foot fracture normally takes six weeks to 3 months to heal. It is crucial to protect your feet during this healing process but after the healing is completed, the work is not over because it is extremely easily to re-injure your ankle due to the weakness of that ankle.
An ankle sprain injury requires physical therapy. The reason is because once the ankle is sprained, the surrounding ligaments and tendons are weak. They cannot support the weight and balance of your body meaning any little misstep can cause the ankle to re-twist or re-roll.
An ankle sprain is extremely common but with physical therapy, can happen over and over again always delaying the full recovery of the ankle. While a simple sprain seems like you can “just walk it off”, the ankle is weakened by the tendon and ligament damage. This means, because the ankle is weaker, it can not support your body’s weight and balance as well.
An ankle sprain can quickly become a chronic injury, where people spend weeks healing the ankle only to twist it again and have to start all over with the healing process. At Cross Bay Physical Therapy, our physical therapists ensure this does not happen to our patients.