Long Term Impacts of Ankle Injuries

Ankle sprains are very common injuries, and most people recover from this type of injury quickly without any specialized care. However, new research shows that simple ankle injuries can have long-lasting effects.

What We Know

  • 30-80% of people who injure their ankle will develop chronic problems such as joint laxity, weakness, and increased risk for recurrent sprains.
  • Ankle ligaments do more than hold the joint together. The ligaments have sensors that tell your brain the position of the joint. When the ligament is damaged this sensory function is lost.
  • Because the brain has a hard time recognizing where the ankle is positioned in space, this changes how your brain controls your posture, movements, and reflexes.
  • Changes can be seen in the posture control centers of the brain following an ankle sprain.

Recovering from an Ankle Sprain

  • RICE: rest, ice, compress, elevate. Follow these simple steps following a sprain.
  • Seek supervised rehabilitation. Evidence shows a decreased risk for recurrent injuries in people who complete at least 4 weeks of physical therapy.
  • Prevent another ankle sprain for 12 months and your risk of re-injury returns to baseline.
  • Call our office soon after your injury so we can help you on your road to recovery!