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Chiropractic Care for Sprained Ankles

Published Date: 
September 20, 2022
A runner holds her ankle after she sprained it.

Chiropractic care for a sprained ankle can help speed recovery and ensure that your ankle heals with no long-term complications.

How Chiropractors Can Help With Ankle Sprains

A sprained ankle can be a very painful injury, and the healing process can take some time. However, there are things that you can do to help speed up the healing process, and one of those things is to seek chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractors are trained to properly align the bones and joints in the body, which can help reduce pain and inflammation in the area of the injury. A chiropractor can also provide specific exercises and stretches that can help to improve range of motion and flexibility, both of which are important for ankle sprain recovery.

A diagram of bones and ligaments in the human ankle.

Understanding the Anatomy of the Ankle

The ankle is a complex joint made up of three bones: the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and fibula are the two bones of the lower leg, and the talus is a small bone that sits on top of the heel bone (calcaneus). A network of ligaments and tendons, which allow the joint to move in multiple directions, holds the bones together.

The ankle is a weight-bearing joint. It supports the body’s weight when you stand, walk, or run. The bones and ligaments of the ankle work together to provide stability and allow for a wide range of motion.

The tendons of the ankle are responsible for attaching the muscles of the leg to the bones. These muscles help to move the ankle and foot. The calf muscle (gastrocnemius) is the largest in the leg, and it attaches to the back of the heel bone. The other muscles that attach to the ankle include the tibialis anterior, extensor digitorum longus, and peroneus longus.

A sprained ankle is a common injury that occurs when the ligaments connecting the bones in the foot and ankle are stretched or torn. This can happen due to a fall, sudden twist, or direct blow to the area. Sprains can range from severe to mild, depending on the extent of the damage.

Types of Ankle Sprains

The most common type of ankle sprain is the inversion sprain, which happens when the foot turns inward. An inversion ankle sprain can damage the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.

The less common eversion sprain happens when the foot turns outward and can damage the ligaments inside of the ankle.

The other types of ankle sprains are the high ankle sprain and the syndesmotic sprain. The high ankle sprain is a more serious injury that damages the ligaments that connect the two bones in the lower leg, while the syndesmotic sprain damages the ligaments that hold the two bones together at the knee joint.

A doctor examining an ankle sprain.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Ankle Sprains

Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for ankle sprains. A chiropractor can help reduce inflammation and pain and improve range of motion and function. Chiropractic help may also help to prevent future ankle injuries.

Chiropractic Treatments for Sprained Ankles

One of the most effective treatments for a sprained ankle is joint manipulation. This technique is often used to mobilize the joint and reduce pain. It can also help to improve the range of motion and increase blood flow to the area.

Another effective treatment for a sprained ankle is electrical stimulation. This therapy uses electrical impulses to stimulate the muscles and ligaments around the ankle joint. This can help to reduce pain and inflammation, aiding in ankle sprain recovery and improving the range of motion.

Finally, another effective treatment for a sprained ankle is massage. Massage can help to increase blood flow to the area and reduce pain and inflammation. It can also help to improve the range of motion.

Ensure Proper Recovery from a Sprained Ankle with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic treatment is an effective way to ensure proper recovery from an ankle sprain. When the ligaments in the ankle are stretched or torn, it can cause pain, swelling, and instability. Chiropractic care can help to restore a normal range of motion and reduce pain. In addition, chiropractic treatment can help to prevent future injuries by realigning the bones and joints.


Many people find that chiropractic care can help reduce pain and swelling associated with a sprained ankle, as well as improve range of motion and mobility. If you are considering seeking chiropractic care for a sprained ankle, it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner to see if this form of treatment is right for you.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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