Chances are, you or someone you know has sprained or twisted their ankle at some point in their life. Rolling or twisting an ankle is one of the most common injuries - but what does it actually mean to twist your ankle? When the ankle is turned inward or twisted, ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle can be damaged or even torn. Twisting one’s ankle is often viewed as a minor injury, and patients may not realize the structural damage that can be caused when this injury occurs. Some ankle sprains have considerable impact on our body and prevent us from enjoying hobbies and sports.
The ankle is held together by a group of collective ligaments and the most significant and commonly sprained are the syndesmosis, anterior talofibular liagment, spring ligament and deltoid ligament. Particularly, when the syndesmosis ligament is damaged, which happens just about every time an ankle is sprained, instability occurs. This instability can become chronic and last for years, contributing to the development of arthritis and cartilage deterioration.
Signs of a chronic ankle instability include swelling, a decreased or excessive range of motion, chronic pain, and a high rate of re-injury. It’s also worth noting that ankle instability can cause balancing issues and misalignment of the hips or knee, which can lead to arthritis of the hips and knees.
Like many ligament injuries, the best treatment for chronic ankle instability is prolotherapy, which you can read more about here. Regain your ankles and enjoy your favorite activities again.