Take the Time for Sprained Ankle Recovery!

Learning the importance of spending the time to properly rehab ankle sprains

Regrets! I never properly rehabbed my ankle sprains…

Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries, whether or not you are an active person. The ligaments that support the ankle joint are designed to keep the ankle within a safe range of motion, but when we lose our balance or take a wrong step and the foot rolls either in our out, those ligaments can sustain tearing.

Ankle sprains are graded 1, 2, or 3 depending on the severity. A grade 3 sprain means that the ligament has a full tear and they can take many months to heal.

But even a grade 1 or 2 sprain requires work to regain the full stability, strength, and mobility of the foot and ankle. Sometimes it feels like we don’t need that and we are just eager to get back to normal life, but skipping that step means that the ankle doesn’t ever regain it’s full capacity. That means that we are in danger of more ankle sprains and even issues with feet, knees, and hips.

I definitely learned this the hard way.

I am now 6 months post surgery, able to run and lift but with much left to do. Recovering from surgery means that I have to address all the things that caused me to develop arthritis in the first place, including dozens of sprained ankles throughout my life that I *never* properly rehabbed. Sigh.

This week’s vlog post is a PSA encouraging you to take care of those sprains, no matter how long ago they happened! And I’ll show you one of my current favorite ankle exercises sets that has really rebuilt my strength and stability.

Thanks so much for being there with me on this journey and take care of those injuries my friends!

Happy Bendings!

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