Ankle Sprain Tips / Physical Therapy
By Michelle Duclos, Certified Athletic Trainer
Ankle Sprain Tips and Physical Therapy
How can I tell if it is alright to return to basketball after spraining my ankle?
Obviously, there are many factors involved but one test of an ankle to see if you can return to more aggressive activity involves a simple test of function that is used clinically. One test which can be used is standing on the injured leg only. You should be able to complete a minimum of 15 complete toe raises. These should be without pain or a loss of balance. Remember, you should seek the training of a therapist/trainer who specializes in orthopedics before resuming sport activity.
It is always best to use the RICE technique if you think you sprained your ankle. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate your ankle above your heart to reduce swelling and pain. If you cannot weight bear on your ankle, you should see a physician. Sometimes, ankle sprains can be confused with fractures of the ankle. It is important to get an x-ray to rule out a fracture. Severe grade 2 or 3 ankle sprains may need to be immobilized in a walking boot or cast.
In Jacksonville, JOI employs the most Certified Athletic Trainers in the region.
When returning to your sport from an ankle injury, it is also recommended that you wear an ankle brace or that you get the ankle taped for support. There are several brands of good ankle braces on the market which provide excellent support to ankle. If you have any questions, you can always call any one of the 10 JOI Physical Therapy Centers in Jacksonville and ask for a Certified Athletic Trainer or a Physical Therapist.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.