Ankle Sprain
Ankle Stability - How to Prevent Ankle Sprains

By Jason Wright October 28, 2019

Ankle Sprain
Ankle Stability - How to Prevent Ankle Sprains

Posted in by Jason Wright on October 28, 2019.

Many athletes, weekend warriors, dancers, and wearers of high heels have experienced an ankle sprain. Accordingly, most likely the sprain was a result of a quick change in movement, poor footing, or stepping on something unstable. 

When these sprains are mild often people will self treat with rest, ice, compression and elevation, and then slowly return to their normal activities. But, whilst the injury settles this can be where ankle instability starts. This is because the largest predictor of ankle sprains is having had a previous ankle sprain. 

Following an ankle sprain it is very important to come into physio to start strengthening the muscles around your ankle, improving your proprioception, as well as improving the ankle mobility in order to maintain adequate stability and prevent recurring sprains during your activity of choice.

At JW Physical Health we can provide you with exercises designed to target muscles on the outside of your ankle (known as your peroneals) as these muscles are often weak after an ankle sprain.

  1. Banded outward rotations: Place band around your midfoot. Keeping your heel on the ground only rotate your foot outwards against the band.
  2. Place a band around the inside of your ankle so that the band is pulling your leg outwards. Come onto one leg, focusing on keeping your ankle straight and not letting that band pull your ankle outwards. Slowly come up into a calf raise lofting your heel off the floor.
  3. Place a band around your torso so that it is pulling you to the side. Jump forward off two feet and land onto one leg. Focusing on sticking the landing without losing any balance

Click here to watch these exercises to help strengthen your plantar fascia and minimise risk of re-injury.

Ankle Stability

Examples of effective proprioceptive exercises that require minimal to no equipment for the ankle include heel to toe walking, single leg balance on the floor or an unstable surface, as well as hoping and landing in multiple directions.

Reference: Rivera MJ, Winklemann ZK, Powden CJ, Games KE; Proprioceptive Training for the Prevention of Ankle Sprains: An Evidence-Based Review. J Athl Train. 2017 Nov; 52(11):1065-1067

If you’ve had an ankle sprain and want to avoid another please get in touch.

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