Chronic Ankle Instability has effect on Physical Activity

Chronic Ankle Instability has effect on Physical Activity

ankle-sprain2.jpgRecent research involving both humans and mice with chronic ankle instability (CAI) has discovered that those with the condition walk run and less than those without. The 40-person study tracked the steps of 20 people with CAI and 20 without. Those who had developed CAI averaged fewer steps than those without the condition. While it was noted that CAI itself is not especially dangerous, over time a severe ankle sprain could be reason for less physical activity in the future if it is not taken care of properly at the time of injury.  

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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