Ankle sprains are no fun. Few things can set your training back so quickly as a mis-step causing your ankle to roll. What’s also no fun, is how easily an injured ankle, can roll again…and again…and again. So how do we get off that bus? What usually happens with an ankle sprain is that the ankle bones are jolted out of alignment, which causes injury to the ligaments and tendons. Unfortunately, the bones usually don’t just go back into alignment, which causes the tissues to not heal properly. This in turn leads to instability and weakness, which makes you more susceptible to it happening again. It can be a pretty vicious cycle.
The key is to regain the joint mobility, as well as the strength and stability to prevent recurrences. With attention to these details, you can greatly decrease your likelihood of getting injured again.
This is relevant to you even if it’s been decades since you’ve hurt your ankle, as these dysfunctions can persist even if the pain isn’t noticeable. Please share this with a friend who has sprained their ankle or who desires to make their ankles as bullet-proof as possible!