Ankle injuries can end up worse than one might think. While many might assume that something as seemingly minor as an ankle sprain poses little more than an insignificant inconvenience, there is growing evidence that ankle injuries (ranging from simple sprains to fractures) can present serious long-term consequences. It is important to bear in mind that injuries of the ankle, which is a major weight-bearing joint, can pose limitations that adversely affect the quality of life, especially as we get older.
According to recent research, even years after an ankle fracture, about 25% of patients rate their recovery as poor, and as many as two in three people who have injured their ankles have yet to recover three years after their injury. Even more, Twenty percent reported long-term problems. In order to properly recover from an ankle injury, you must strengthen the muscles that support your body weight. Exercise after ankle injuries can help improve stability. A physical therapist can give you the proper exercises to use to recover from an injury.
Ankle injuries can be tough to rehab, so working with a physical therapist may be the best way to help you regain mobility and get back to normal activity quickly and safely. Our physical therapists compassionately assist our patient-clients to restore mobility, reduce pain, and improve daily function after injury, illness, and/or surgery.
Remember, you have the right to choose where you receive care, where it is convenient and the most comprehensive. At ECRC-Physical Therapy, we have “Experience you can trust to get results.”
P.S. – People who suffer ankle injuries of all types and degrees can benefit from physical therapy that improves ankle strength and stability.