A twisted ankle, another term for a medical condition known as an ankle sprain, occurs due to abnormal twisting or rolling of the ankle that causes damage to the ligaments and other soft tissue in this delicate joint. While most people don’t consider this a serious injury, it is still highly recommended to take treatment seriously. In many cases, using the PRICE method of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation can help with the healing recovery process for a twisted ankle with the need for additional care.
However, if symptoms are serious and/or persist for longer than a few days or a week, then it is important to seek the assistance of a qualified professional, such as a physical therapist. If you’re wondering whether your twisted ankle symptoms are serious enough to require more involved treatment, we’re sharing some of the symptoms to watch out for.
Don’t ignore these twisted ankle symptoms
Here are the primary symptoms of a twisted ankle that you should watch out for:
- Severe pain — If pain is sharp, it could be a sign of a more severe injury that requires treatment.
- Instability — If you can’t put pressure on the ankle without limping or you are frequently losing your balance, you should definitely seek help.
- Visible swelling and bruising — A twisted ankle typically involves some degree of inflammation, but the more pronounced it is, the more serious the injury.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. It is recommended to have even minor ankle sprains checked out to determine the appropriate level of treatment.
Physical therapy for twisted ankle relief
From both a recovery and injury prevention standpoint, physical therapy can help patients who are dealing with twisted ankle symptoms of any severity. After a thorough evaluation, you and your therapist can work together to determine the appropriate treatment options for your specific condition. Therapeutic options for a twisted ankle typically include a combination of active and passive manual therapies, therapeutic exercises, neuro reeducation for balance and other treatments designed to increase function and relieve symptoms. Proprioceptive and mechanical issues that may have contributed to the injury can also be addressed to lower the likelihood of reinjury.
Are you looking for relief for your twisted ankle symptoms? The caring and dedicated clinical team at Armor Physical Therapy combines expertise and experience with a patient-centered, individualized approach to treatment.
If you want to learn more about how we can help, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial appointment at a location near you.