How to Recover from the Unavoidable Ankle Sprain []

Sprained ankle’s can happen while your running a marathon, playing a sport or just walking to the store. What causes this injury, that can bring the best athlete’s to the sideline. It is the spraining of a ligament in your ankle or in your foot. The most common results of spraining your ankle are usually swelling, pain and limited mobility. So what’s the best way to recover from an ankle sprain?

Dreaded Ankle Sprain (Photo: Thinkstock Photos)

There’s on injury which is painful and and can happen at moments notice.  It’s the dreaded sprained ankle.

Sprained ankle’s can happen while your running, playing a sport or walking into a store.  Why is this injury so limiting that it can put the best of athletes on the sideline?

It’s usually the result of damage to the ligaments of the ankle and/or foot.  The  most common symptoms are swelling, pain and limited mobility.

What’s the best way to recover from an ankle sprain? Are there quick solutions to accelerate the healing?

Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in the sports.  With so many people being active within their lives, the need for a solution is high.

These key recovery tips can get you off the sidelines and back in the game.


Reoccurring ankle sprains often have less to do with a lack of strength around the ankle as much as a loss of balance and proprioception—the ability to know where your joint is in space. Proprioception is a fancy word, but the concept is relatively simple. Here’s how it works:

Close your eyes and make a fist. Place one finger up, then two. You can sense where your fingers are, right? That’s not because you’re looking at them, but because you can feel them due to proprioceptors in your ligaments.

When you first sprain your ankle, you damage the ligaments, which in turn damage the proprioceptors in that area. When you suffer another sprain, it isn’t necessarily a lack of strength that’s at fault, but since you weren’t looking at your ankle, you had less of a sense of where it was in space, so you turned it.

Re-establishing balance and proprioception will help you avoid future ankle sprains. Try balance activities that challenge your vision, like the 5-level progression below.


Perform this progression as part of your training program or at home when you have a few minutes. Progress from one level to the next to continue challenging yourself and improving proprioception. Do this someplace where you can easily touch to regain your balance if needed, such as a doorway.

  • Level 1: Stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Repeat on your other leg.
  • Level 2: Same as level one, but with your eyes closed.
  • Level 3: Same as level one, but stand on an unstable surface like a pillow or “stability trainer.”
  • Level 4: Same as level three, but with your eyes closed.
  • Level 5: Standing on one leg, turn your head to the left, right, up, and down. This is one repetition. Repeat 5 times.

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Author: Sue Falsone

Author: Mike Ryan

After 26 seasons as a full-time certified athletic trainer and registered physical therapist in the National Football League, Mike Ryan has outstanding first-hand experience. His unique professional and athletic background has sharpened his skills in the arts of sports injury management, elite rehabilitation, performance enhancement and injury prevention. Mike is now taking his experience to mainstream America. His mission is simple: Sports Medicine advice that is easy to use and brings fast results. Learn more about Mike Ryan

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