Why Does My Ankle Still Hurt Months After I Sprained It
We are going to talk today about ankle pain and this is actually because three times this morning, I had patients come in who had sprained their ankle many months ago and were still having pain in this area of their ankle right here. This is actually really common problem. What happens is when you sprain your ankle you turn it like this and when that occurs, you end up tearing or stretching or ripping the ligaments in this area. Look at this picture now and you can see these are the ligaments right here. So, these are the ligaments that.
Actually should give most of the stability to your ankle. when you sprain your ankle, about half of patients end up with an unstable ankle afterwards. It is usually because these ligaments do not heal properly after the injury. The nice thing is there has been research now that shows that even many months or even years after the injury the patients are coming in that are still having pain and inflammation in this area can have be rehabbed actually quite easily. What we first need to do is to stabilize the ankle for a number of weeks.
With an ankle brace. after that, we get them started on doing daily balance exercises and we do not have time to go into that now but there are some very specific rules about how to best do those exercises. You do those for at least 30 days straight while wearing that ankle brace pretty much every single day and every moment that youre bearing weight. After that, we normally will see the patients back. We will do some tests to check their balance and if everything is going well, we can tell them at that point they can take.
Off the ankle brace for daytoday activity but they want to continue wearing it for exercise activities. Eventually what they want to work up to is doing balance exercises on a wobble board. We are not here today trying to give you detailed information how to do this. There are actually is detailed information on our website, just go to the website and do a search for unstable ankle, you find details on both how to best treat this problem on your own and when you should be seen a podiatrist about the problem. Again, just check out the website.