Although an ankle sprain is a common injury and many people would consider it of minor concern, without adequate care, it can result in chronic joint instability. That is why it is important that the early treatment of ankle sprains be followed by proper rehabilitation.
Many people who have had an ankle sprain injury still have symptoms even after going through the treatment. Most often this happens because of incomplete rehabilitation. If that is your case, you might find the exercises suggestions below useful. But before beginning any rehabilitation program, it is important to see a doctor and make sure that there is no more serious injury, such as a fracture, for example.
Even if rest is recommended after ankle sprain, prolonged immobilization is a treatment error. It is true that patients will feel better if placed in cast or a walking boot, but this can lead to delayed rehabilitation and a stiff ankle, which is prone to re-injury. The ligaments will heal with tissue that is of better quality and the appropriate length when ankle movement is initiated earlier. So, it is very important to do some specific types of exercise for the ligaments to heal properly.
RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISES can help maintain ankle motion and stretch the injured ligaments in the ankle joint. Some examples are: