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Ankle sprains

We have all been there- we are walking or running or moving about and it all comes to a halt when we feel that rapid movement and loss of control of the foot. You may fall to the ground or you may be able to recover your balance before falling, but either way, ankle sprains HURT.

What is an ankle sprain?

Some people thing that an ankle sprain inovlves the actaul bones of the ankle. This is not true. In actuality, ankle sprains involve a stretching, partial tear, or complete tear of the ligaments of the ankle. Ligaments are soft tissue structures that serve to limit, or control motion. In the ankle, ligaments serve mostly to control inward and outward movement of the foot (inversion and eversion).  When these ligaments become stretched or undergo some sort of truama, this leads to a sprain.The most common type of sprain is an inversion sprain. inversion sprains affect the ligaments on the outside of the foot. One of the most common descriptions of an inversion sprain is “rolling over on my ankle.” Have any of you experienced that? We are guessing you have!

Certain factors can increase risk for ankle sprains. These include:

1. Sporting activities: Sports where there is lots of side-to-side movement, quick starting and stopping, and jumping,  put the athelete at greater risk for developing a sprain. These sports may include: basketball, tennis, raquetball,  sprinting, and dancing. Here at Achilles we can help with athletic taping to control motion, and can provide advice on how to prevent injury!

2. Genetics: Some genetic conditions can lead to ligamentous laxity- otherwise known as ligaments that do not contorl motion effectively.  One example is Ehrlos-Danlos syndrome. 

3. Underlying biomechanics: Ove- pronators, or those with hypermobile joints are more prone to sprains. Fortunately, biomechanical faults can be addressed with a foot specialist!

If you think you have sprained your ankle, or if you are looking for a biomechanical assessment to prevent this from happening, give us a call at 519-624-4122!

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366 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 6J6

Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122