Most know that it is advisable to rest, ice, compress, and elevate following an ankle sprain. This is most useful to reduce swelling and inflammation in the area.
What is not as observable is the scarring that occurs within the ligaments that are sprained during injury. Most ankle sprains occur in which the ankle rolls inward and causes damage to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Adhesions (scar tissue) are laid down over the damaged area to repair the ligament.
However, scar tissue is a rather ‘cheap’ form of tissue and can easily re-tear, which predisposes the ankle to future sprains. While strengthening the foot and calf are important to rehabilitating an ankle sprain, scar tissue must be disrupted to allow for proper function of the ankle.
Using a combined approach of Active Release Technique®, supportive taping and physical rehabilitative exercises, we can greatly reduce your “down time” from an ankle sprain.