What are ankle injuries?
Three bones — the tibia and fibula of the lower leg and the talus in the foot — all meet at the ankle, where they’re held together by strong elastic ligaments and attached to muscles by tendons. Ankle injuries typically fall into one of three categories, breaks (bones), sprains (ligaments), and strains (tendons and muscles), which are defined by whether the bone, ligament, or tendon are injured.
A break occurs when one or more of the bones in the ankle are broken. A sprain, on the other hand, results when the ligaments are stretched or torn. If the ankle is strained, it means there has been damage to the muscles or tendons as a result of being stretched beyond their appropriate range of motion. Fractures and sprains, rather than strains, tend to be more common.
What causes ankle injuries?
Almost every ankle injury occurs because the ankle joint has been twisted too far out of its normal alignment. Half of all of these injuries are the result of sports activities, although high-heeled shoes or an uneven floor can also be the culprit. Any time the foot and ankle are suddenly forced into an unnatural position, the patient is at risk of injuring the ankle.
Other common causes of ankle injuries include twisting, rotating, or rolling the ankle, tripping or falling, an awkward landing after a jump or step, or a sudden impact such as a car or bicycle crash.
The most common causes of ankle injuries include:
- Sports injuries
- Rolling the ankle
- Walking or running on an uneven surface
- Sudden impact
- Unsafe footwear
Luna’s physical therapists can help treat ankle injuries
Luna’s physical therapists hold years of experience treating patients who have experienced ankle injuries of all types and severity. Our licensed and certified physical therapists combine proven techniques with personalized, tailored routines to produce physical therapy plans that will help the patient improve strength, flexibility, and mobility in the ankle, safely, quickly, and effectively.
Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for their ankle injuries in the comfort of their homes, at work, at the gym, or anywhere else it’s needed. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.