Asia E. Lo, DPM
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What is ankle spatting?
Spatting is when the cleat is taped on the outside to reinforce and help support the ankle. There are two opposing thoughts in regards to spatting. The first is that spatting is a helpful way to decrease ankle sprains. The extra supports can help prevent the common ankle sprain. The second thought process is that while spatting might reduce common ankle sprain, it can also increase the likelihood of suffering from another, more serious injury. If the ankle does not roll upon impact, then the force is driven up into the lower leg and a possible break or fracture is possible in the lower leg. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How can I strengthen my ankle after it comes out of a cast?
The main thing that you deal with when a body part gets out of a cast is muscle atrophy. This is when the muscle decreases in size and strength due to inactivity. There is also usually increased stiffness of the ankle due to the prolonged time in the cast. Initially, activities should attempt to increase range of motion and decrease pain. Activities that can assist in increasing range of motion are performing ankle pumps, moving the forefoot upward and downward in a pain-free range, performing circles in both the clockwise and counterclockwise directions with the forefoot, and using the forefoot to draw all the letters of the alphabet in upper and lower case.
Once range of motion has increased, exercises can be used to increase strength. Movements of the foot in multiple directions can be used to strengthen by wrapping resistance bands around the forefoot and pulling in the opposite direction. Performing calf raises by standing and pushing up onto the toes is also a good strengthening exercise. It is also important to increase balance. This can be accomplished by standing on the injured leg. To make the exercise more difficult, an unstable surface such as foam padding can be used or you can shut your eyes while balancing.
It is always a good idea to see a physician for proper follow-up evaluation. The physician may refer you to an appropriate healthcare provider, such as an athletic trainer, to assist you with a progressive rehabilitation program.
(This answer provided for NATA by the King College Athletic Training Education Program.)
What causes an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains occur when the foot twists, rolls, or turns beyond its normal motions. This causes the ankle ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range into an abnormal position. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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