Ankle Sprain: Different Types
And How They Are Treated...

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This is the triad of ligaments usually involved in this type of ankle injury...

Ankle sprain can be caused in a number of different ways; from high intensity sport to slipping on a step or miss stepping off of a curb…

Its common to come up with a sprain at sometime in life because 98% of us have a low to high degree of hind foot varus, which will be discussed later on this page, so it is important to know how to take care of a sprain if this should happen to you…!

The ankle is a complex and major weight bearing joint and it is important to get the correct diagnosis so that complications do not occur and go on to, for example, ruin a sporting career...

Since the ankle is a major weight bearer, it also has the power to incur foot, knee and hip subluxation (misalignment) causing pain up and down the body, from foot to torso…

So getting properly diagnosed with imaging to make a proper identification then applying a daily care routine at home will keep you ahead of the game with this injury…

What Happens To
Cause Ankle Sprain…

To understand what has happened to your ankle, it is necessary to refer to the of anatomy around the ankle and the foot…

When an ankle is sprained it is because the ligament structures that wrap around your bones to hold them in place have undergone trauma…

One or multiple ligaments are either stretched or torn, which will cause internal bleeding and bruising, swelling, discoloration in the area and acute pain…

Often times spraining your ankle is more painful than a break and can cause ankle pain for a longer amount of time than a broken ankle...

It would depend on the type of break of course...

The main concern with this injury is instability, not allowing for weight bearing. Should this condition go unresolved or recur in the course of four to six weeks, a re-examination and imaging will be needed for resolution...

Ankle Sprain Is A More Likely
Occurrence For Some Individuals…

Two conditions that predispose a person to this condition are:

  • An ankle that has been sprained previously :

In the case of a previous sprain, the ligaments may be weakened even though the pain has been resolved. Extra care should be taken with diet, some added supplementation and some chiropractic care with a Dr. that has a good understanding of extremity subluxation…

Activator Methods care comes highly recommended by me personally as the Activator Gun has speed, can be adjusted for correct pressure, and is specific enough for cavitation to bone tissue to re-establish proper alignment, and increase circulation without stretching the ligaments while adjusting the ankle…

During my Aikido days, I would take my Activator Gun with me to seminars because someone would always come up injured. One person approached me in a panic because she had sprained her ankle and was scheduled to take her test for the ranking of Sho Dan. It was a big deal because she had finally reached her first black belt level...

I adjusted her ankle with the Activator Gun and she was fine for her test, then we wrapped her ankle up and put it on ice afterwards...

She wrote to me later to say thank you and that she had had hardly any joint pain after the seminar...

In Hind foot varus and valgus mal- positioning...
  • Hind Foot Varus – the positioning of the heels is turned slightly inward…

When the heels are positioned in this way it is easy to get an inversion sprain; especially for women who work in high heels…

Its also easy for athletes with hind foot varus to come up with an injury due to the forces that are applied to the ankle while playing sport...

Have you ever wondered why top class athletes come very few and far between in this world...?

Usain Bolt is a great example of someone with a beautiful heel strike because, anatomically, his feet, ankles and tibia (shin bone) and fibia (small bone that leans in and creates tension in the calf) must be perfectly shaped...

This is one of the things that makes him so fast...

I have never gotten to see his feet or ankles or shins, but, without sounding too weird, I would really like to - I am pretty sure it is a chiropractic thing, and also a thing for people who treat feet and ankles - no I do not have a foot fetish...

I am theorizing Mr. Bolt's feet and ankles are as near perfect as you get in this world...

Usain Bolt and his perfect feet and ankles...they are a major reason he is the fastest man in the world...

Four Types Of
Ankle Sprain…

There are four ligaments that can be damaged in ankle sprain…

They are:

  • Connecting the talus to the fibula is the ATFL – also known as the anterior talofibular ligament...
  • Connecting the fibula to the calcaneus is the CFL – also known as the calcaneal fibular ligament...
  • To the back of the ankle runs the PTFL – also known as the posterior talofibular ligament. This one is less commonly torn...
  • The fourth is referred to as a High Ankle Sprain – This involves high ankle ligaments that bind tibia and fibula together as they are positioned on top of the Talus for stability…

Walking and running places a huge amount of of pressure on the ankle at this junction…

This type of sprain is less common and comes from twisting, rotational injury, occurring most often in high impact sports…

This area is extremely crucial to ankle function and weight bearing…

X-rays should always be taken if this there is evidence of a high ankle sprain…

For Treatment Of
Ankle Sprain...

A few pointers :

  • Rest..
  • Ice - 10 minutes every two hours (no heat) in the acute stages (72 hours)…
  • Compression – apply some non constrictive taping…
  • Elevation – keep your foot raised above the level of your nose to keep swelling down…

If it was a twisting injury, you can do a squeeze test…

If it is a high ankle sprain pain will radiate down just to a point above the ankle and also if the ankle is rotated outward, this will cause pain…


A sprained ankle properly elevated; some sunshine is good for you too!

Most ankle sprains do not require surgical intervention. However, surgical intervention will be needed when there are further complications as in High Ankle Sprain or if a break, such as a Talar bone break, is misdiagnosed…

A word of caution: if your ankle has not returned to full functioning capacity within six to eight weeks time, and you have taken good care of it, you may need to get further professional assistance for a definitive diagnosis...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief

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Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”