While ankle sprains are common in sports, 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day.1 That means you’re likely to experience an ankle sprain sometime in your life.
Let’s define a sprain. In simple terms, a sprain is when a ligament is overstretched or torn. If a sprain is not treated properly, long-term problems could develop and increase your risk of re-injury. Rehabilitation exercises and supportive ankle bracing can decrease this risk.
Alex Morgan suffered a sprained ankle during World Cup qualifying on Oct.18. It’s the same ankle she injured last fall, sidelining her for seven months.
Once you can stand on your ankle, isometric exercises will help strengthen your muscles and ligaments. Plus, these exercises increase your flexibility, balance and coordination. Taping your ankle or using a supportive ankle brace during activities can help reduce your risk of injury.
With any injury, consult your physician for the best course of treatment.