Medial Ankle Sprain (inside area of ankle)
When the foot is forcibly rolled outward, ligaments that hold the ankle in place can overstretch or tear, resulting in a medial ankle sprain. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness and warmth to the touch, and pain on the medial (inside) portion of the ankle.
Treatment includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation for the first 24 to 48 hours post-injury.
- Wear shoes specific to your sport.
- Perform strengthening exercises during the pre- and off-seasons.
- Use tape or bracing for added stability.
- Avoid running on uneven surfaces.
- Begin with isometric exercises: full muscle contraction with no joint movement, such as pushing against a wall.
- Stretch in order to restore full range of motion.
- Isotonic exercises to further improve strength, such as resisted ankle motion exercises.
- Balance to regain proprioception (sense of where your foot is in space).
- Functional activities, such as walking, running, and jumping.
- Sports-specific activities (movements specific to your individual sport).
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