Definition: An inversion sprain involves over stretching the outside ligaments of the ankle (anterior talofibular ligament). Ligaments heal slowly and once compromised, may never completely bounce back. There are several stages of sprains, from a Grade 1 (mild stretch of the ligament) to a Grade 3 (severe- complete tear of the ligament).
Function: The ankle is comprised of multi-directional joints that seem to move in a circular motion. Ligaments are connective tissue that holds bone to bone and stabilize the ankle joint in a number of places.
The most common ankle sprain involves rolling to the outside of the ankle. It can be provoked by uneven ground, sudden changes in direction, inadvertantly stepping incorrectly off of an object or landing on someone elses foot in sports.
Custom made Orthotics can be an effective method to reduce your ankle discomfort. They are able to redistribute and load the foot in a different way in order to decrease stress to the joints, ligaments and tendons of the ankle. Filling the contours of the foot will allow for a wider base of support and thus better balance. Pedorthists use interventions such as supporting your medial/inside and lateral/outside arch and deep heel cups for superior control and support to the ankle. Proper footwear is also pivotal to your recovery. Talk to your Pedorthist about proper footwear choices for you. Ankle braces are also helpful to support the weak joint as it heals.