Ankle Injury Rehabilitation Exercises

Ankle sprains can happen without warning. While working, playing, exercising, or just performing daily activities, you might misstep and sprain your ankle, and other ankle injuries happen with overuse during sports play or exercise. If an injury requires surgery, an ankle rehab program under the supervision of a medical professional may be necessary to restore strength and range of motion in the joint. Kinetic Sports Medicine offers extensive non-surgical care for patients of all ages, to address both activity-related injuries and pain management.

Ankle Physiology

The ankle joint connects the foot to the lower leg, enabling side-to-side and up-and-down movements. The ankle has the important task of supporting full body weight and absorbing impact during walking, running, and jumping. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments connect to the ankle, providing balance and stability. If any of these components becomes weakened due to illness or injury, a person will often have problems walking without pain.

The ankle joint moves with the help of more than 10 different tendons and ligaments. A sprained ankle involves an injury to one of these ligaments or tendons. The Achilles tendon is a familiar tendon, likely because it is the most crucial tendon for motion. This tendon attaches the heel bone to the calf muscles. Injuring the Achilles tendon usually involves significant pain and a lengthy recovery involving ankle rehab, exercises, and the attention of a physical therapist.

Ankle Rehabilitation

Whether a patient is recovering from an injury, illness, or surgery, a physician will likely order ankle rehabilitation to assist with healing. It's very important to follow a physician's and physical therapist's recommendations for ankle rehab and exercises to ensure effective healing after an ankle injury. Rehab begins with specific stretches designed to enhance flexibility of the muscles and tendons and to begin improving range of motion. These ankle-stretch exercises should never be performed to the point of pain, and a physical therapist should supervise the movements.

After mastering the stretching exercises successfully, it's time to move on to ankle injury rehabilitation exercises. These exercises target specific tendons and ligaments, as well as muscles in the calves.

Kinetic Sports Medicine

Under the care of Dr. Richard Kim, a primary care sports medicine physician, patients will receive non-operative, minimally invasive treatments designed to heal injuries and manage pain. Dr. Kim specializes in newer technologies such as stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injections, which utilize a patient's own cells or blood to hasten healing and encourage regeneration. These therapies can also be effective for reducing pain. Contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Kim to learn more about our services.