Rolling or spraining the ankle can cause pain in the entire lower leg. Specifically, there can be pain along the outside portion of the lower leg that can run almost up to the knee. The cause of this is a high ankle sprain or a syndesmotic ankle sprain. There are two bones in the lower leg, the tibia and fibula. In between these two bones is a type of sheath that connects them. When the ankle is sprained, it can cause this sheath to tear, which causes pain in the lower leg. Depending on the length of the tear, the pain can be all the way to the knee. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern University Athletic Training Education Program)
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- Why does an ankle sprain cause lower leg pain?
How should I treat a grade 1 ankle sprain?
To treat a grade 1 ankle sprain, rest your ankle by not walking on it. Apply ice for 20-30 minutes, two to three times a day. Compression wraps will immobilize and support the injured ankle. Elevate your ankle above your heart. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
How can I exercise with a broken ankle?
Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali, CPT, NASM Elite Trainer, Physical Medicine/rehabilitation, answeredYou can use an arm ergometer. You can perform upper body exercises using hand held weights. You can perform leg extensions, lateral leg raises. You can perform internal and external rotation movements of the casted leg.
On the uninjured leg you can perform exercises that challenge your balance abilities like the single leg squat.
As the other parts of our body are functional, you can also perform large rhythmic movements seated to your favorite tunes.
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