An ankle strain is a twist, pull, or tear of a muscle or tendon in your ankle. An acute strain is a strain that happens suddenly. A chronic strain can happen over several days or weeks. A chronic strain can be caused by moving your ankle the same way over and over.
Muscle spasms, weakness, cramping and immobility, as well as pain, bruising and swelling are symptomatic of a strain. Like sprains, strains vary in severity. It could take a few weeks for the symptoms of a mild-to-moderate strain to subside.
Functional recovery usually involves three phases: the RICE regimen in the first 24 hours to reduce pain, swelling, and risk of further injury; range-of-motion and strengthening exercises within 48–72 hours; and training to improve endurance and balance once recovery is well under way.
If your pain is bothersome, especially when you put weight on the injured ankle, it’s a good idea to see your doctor or physical therapist. Contact us today at Pittman Physical Therapy in Collierville, TN!
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