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Ankle Sprains in Sports: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Ankle Sprains in Sports: How Chiropractic Care Can Help


Playing sports involves a high level of physical activity and movement, which can put athletes at risk of various injuries. An ankle sprain is one of the most common sports injuries that we see at Lakeside Chiropractic, which can be painful and debilitating. Chiropractic care offers valuable support in treating and rehabilitating ankle sprains, backed by numerous resources and peer reviewed research.

Understanding Ankle Sprains:

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint are out-stretched or torn. It often happens due to sudden movements such as a change in directions, landing on uneven surfaces, poor landing techniques, traumatic ankle sprain i.e football tackle or poor biomechanics in walking. Ankle sprains can result in pain, swelling, instability, and difficulty walking.

Chiropractic Care for Ankle Sprains:

With their expertise in musculoskeletal health, our chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup can play a crucial role in managing and treating ankle sprains. Our chiropractors can utilizes various treatment modalities like electrotherapy, thermotherapy, dry needling and other techniques, they can aid in the recovery process through improving on pain severity and function of the ankle. Let's explore how chiropractic care at Lakeside Chiropractic can help:


1. Evaluation and Diagnosis:

Our Chiropractors at Lakeside Chiropractic will thoroughly evaluate the ankle sprain, including physical examinations, range of motion assessments, orthopedic testing and possibly X-rays to rule out fracture. This process helps them diagnose the severity of the sprain and any associated injuries, guiding appropriate treatment plans.

2. Manual Therapy Techniques:

Chiropractors employ manual therapy techniques to address ankle sprains. These techniques include joint mobilization through manual and instrument assisted adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and therapeutic exercises. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine indicates that manual therapy can reduce pain and improve ankle function in individuals with ankle sprains. Our chiropractors might also tape your ankle in the beginning to provide extra support and stability to the ankle to promote quicker recovery.

3. Rehabilitation Exercises:

Rehabilitation exercises plays a significant part in recovery, At Lakeside Chiropractic we will prescribe specific exercises tailored to an athlete's needs and stage of recovery. These exercises focus on strengthening the ankle, improving range of motion, and enhancing balance and proprioception. Rehabilitation exercises can expedite up healing, restore stability, and reduce the risk of future sprains.


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Prevention Strategies

Beyond treatment, chiropractic care also emphasizes preventive strategies to minimize the likelihood of ankle sprains, especially in the case of previous history of ankle sprains, where there is already weakness and scar tissues in your ankle ligaments. Here are some resources and recommendations supported by research:

1. Proprioceptive Training:

Proprioceptive training enhances the body's awareness of joint position and movement. A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports demonstrates that proprioceptive exercises significantly reduce the risk of recurrent ankle sprains. Chiropractors can guide athletes through these exercises, improving their balance and coordination.

2. Footwear and Orthotics:

It is recommended that having the appropriate footwear and, if necessary, orthotics to support the ankle is a must to prevent the risk of sprains. Chiropractors can guide in choosing proper footwear and, when needed, prescribe custom-made orthotics to improve foot and ankle alignment.


Custom Orthotics are available in the clinic – choose between ¾ and full length.


Ankle sprains are common sports injuries that can significantly impact an athlete's performance. Chiropractic care offers valuable support for both treatment and prevention. With their resources and expertise, chiropractors can provide evaluation, manual therapy techniques, rehabilitation exercises, and preventive strategies tailored to individual needs. By seeking chiropractic care, athletes can enhance their recovery, reduce the risk of future sprains, and get back in the game stronger and safer.


If you've suffered an ankle sprain or want to prevent future injuries, consult a chiropractor here at Lakeside Chiropractic by making a booking online at or call us at 9300 0095. Through evidence-based practices, chiropractic care can contribute to your overall well-being and help you stay active in sports.

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July 05, 2023