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How a Sprained Ankle Can Easily Become Chronic Ankle Instability

How a Sprained Ankle Can Easily Become Chronic Ankle Instability

A sprained ankle is among the most frequently incurred injuries worldwide. In the United States, more than 23,000 ankles are sprained each and every day.  The usual cause of an acute ankle sprain is a sudden shift in weight-bearing that causes the outside edge of a person’s foot to roll under, and the inside edge to lift up. Such an read more »

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Kids’ Feet and Growth Plates: 5 Problems to Watch For

Kids’ Feet and Growth Plates: 5  Problems to Watch For

Many troublesome foot and ankle conditions occur in children just as they do in adults. But the bones of growing children haven’t themselves finished growing, so some children’s foot problems require extra attention. What is a child’s growth plate? Sites of active bone growth in children are called growth plates. They exist near the ends of bones in pre-adolescent children. read more »

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Ankle Sprains: The Pain in Sprain Stays Mainly in the Brain

Ankle Sprains: The Pain in Sprain Stays Mainly in the Brain

“Hey, it’s just a sprain. No big deal. Walk it off. You’ll be fine.” This all too common advice is followed all too often. The all too usual result? A lifetime of debilitating ankle pain and instability. A fully functional ankle is an essential requirement for any sort of life that isn’t completely sedentary. But ankle sprains do happen. And read more »

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5 Reasons Why You Have Pain on the Outside of Your Foot

5 Reasons Why You Have Pain on the Outside of Your Foot

When the outer edge of your foot hurts enough to get your attention, it can often be difficult to identify the precise cause. While some of the following conditions can occur anywhere in or on your foot, they all belong on a checklist of potential sources of pain on the outside of your foot. Stress Fractures in the Foot Stress read more »

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Stay Strong and Able With These Advanced Chronic Ankle Instability Treatments

Stay Strong and Able With These Advanced Chronic Ankle Instability Treatments

An ankle sprain has been reported to be the most common athletic injury in the United States. A vast majority of ankle sprains involve the lateral ankle ligaments. In the acute setting, ankle sprains are treated with rest, ice, compression, and immobilization. As symptoms resolve, patients continue treatment through physical therapy and gradual return to activity. A majority of these read more »

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Treating Ankle Sprains: The Importance of Physical Therapy and Bracing

Treating Ankle Sprains: The Importance of Physical Therapy and Bracing

Ankle sprains are the most common athletic injury and also the most common orthopedic problem presenting to emergency rooms. What is interesting is that only a small portion of sprains actually go to the emergency room and most are treated at home. Treating a  sprain is far more complicated than is given credit.  Since ankle sprains are so common, they read more »

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Ankle Sprain Treatment: The Do’s and Don’ts

Ankle Sprain Treatment: The Do’s and Don’ts

At UFAI, we know an ankle sprain when we see one. Ankle sprains account for about 3 out of every 4 ankle injuries, and on any given day, about 30,000 Americans will sprain their ankle! What happens when you sprain your ankle, exactly? A sprain is a tear in the ligamentous and/or muscular tissue that you use to keep yourself read more »

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Chronic Ankle Instability and Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic Ankle Instability and Pain: Diagnosis and Treatment

Essential Insights and Treatment Options Ankle sprains represent the most common presenting orthopedic problem to emergency rooms.  Furthermore, since a sprained ankle is so common, it is often mistreated or treated at home without proper care resulting in chronic ankle instability and associated secondary ankle problems. Common Presenting Findings of Chronic Ankle Instability: Looseness with giving way or giving out read more »

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