Elizabeth A. Brown, DPM
Location and Office HoursCary L Copeland DPM Inc
4260 Glendale Milford Rd Ste 103
Cincinnati, OH 45242
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- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
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How is ankle instability diagnosed?
To diagnose ankle instability, your doctor will ask about previous injuries and look for clues to ankle instability. X-rays are generally taken to assess for any associated bone injury or bone spurs along the front or side of the ankle joint. An MRI may be ordered in certain cases to assess conditions within the joint such as inflammatory soft tissue, loose bodies, cartilage injury (OCD) or associated tears of the peroneal tendons.
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.)
Should I stretch after the swelling caused by an ankle sprain decreases?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
It will be very important to stretch after the swelling decreases. When that type of injury occurs, your body will lose range of motion in the affected joint very quickly. If optimal range of motion is not restored other injuries can occur. Key muscles to stretch include the calf muscles, the muscles in the front of your thigh (quadriceps), the muscles in the back of your thigh (hamstrings), as well as the muscles in the front and the back of the hips. It is very common for individuals who sprain their ankles to alter their movement patterns to compensate for the injured ankle. This forces other muscles to do more than they are used to doing, causing them to become tight. When stretching these muscles, hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds and repeat as needed.
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