If you’ve played sports or if you’re an active person, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced an ankle sprain. And if you’ve sprained your ankle once, there’s a good chance you sprained it again. In fact, ankle sprains are the #1 most common injury in sports 1 and the most common joint injury in daily life 2. With all of these ankle sprains going on, wouldn’t it be good to know how to recover properly? And, seeing that 80% of athletes who sprain their ankle will sprain it again 3, wouldn’t it be good to know how you can potentially prevent a future sprain?
The goal of proper recovery should focus on prevention – they go hand-in-hand. Like any injury, though, rehabilitation happens in phases. Let’s discuss what you should do immediately after an ankle sprain, within the first few weeks, and within the following months to maximize your recovery and minimize your chances of it happening again.