Ankle Sprains & Ligament Reconstruction in Kansas City
Ankle Sprains can be painful and debilitating depending on the severity of the sprain.
There are two mechanisms of injury for an ankle sprain: a lateral sprain or a medial sprain. A lateral sprain, also known as an inversion sprain, is the most common type of ankle injury and results from the foot being rolled inward, stretching the ligaments and muscles on the outside of the ankle. It can occur in any sport, especially basketball and soccer, but can also occur with normal daily activities such as walking down stairs or stepping off curbs. A medial sprain, or eversion ankle sprain, results from the foot rolling outward, stretching the ligaments on the inside of the ankle.
Ankle Sprain Symptoms
- Discoloration or bruising
- Decreased mobility or range of motion of the ankle
- Pain with weight bearing
- Ankle instability
Our Treatment Process
Treatment for ankle sprains include modalities to reduce pain and swelling, soft tissue therapy, and joint mobilizations to the surrounding area to improve motion. Once normal motion and tissue pliability is established, strengthening exercises are implemented for not only the foot and ankle but for the whole limb to improve overall function. Balance and proprioceptive exercises are important for ankle sprains since the foot is and ankle is the joint that is contact with the ground, telling the body where it is in space.
Following an ankle sprain, the ligaments are stretched and thus more prone to future ankle sprains, so it is important to continue with your exercises and treatment to help prevent further injury. Sometimes severe ankle sprains may require surgical intervention, such as ligament reconstruction in order to re-establish stability to the ankle joint. Following surgery you will be prescribed physical therapy to optimize your outcomes.
Possible Treatments for Ankle Sprains
For other treatment options, check out our chiropractic services for ankle sprains.
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (A.R.T) is one of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
The physical therapy Graston technique is one of the leading instrument assisted soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average ankle sprain recovery time?
Recovery time for an ankle sprain will vary depending on the severity of your sprain and symptoms.
Do you treat grade 2 ankle sprains?
Yes, our physical therapists are well versed in the treatment of grade 2 ankle sprains.
I think I have a rolled ankle. Can a physical therapist help me?
Yes, our physical therapists are more than capable to assist in your recovery of a rolled ankle in Kansas City!
Tell us about your pain.
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T. Physical Therapist
Meet the team at any of our 10 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Olathe, Liberty, Leawood, Paola, Kansas City, Blue Valley, Overland Park & Shawnee.