Ankle Sprains - Why do they linger?

Summer beckons us to tackle yard work, gardening, outdoor home care, and recreational activities. All of which require us to use our leg strength. Have you ever rolled your ankle when you stepped wrong on the grass? It usually feels irritated for at least a few days, right? Unfortunately that short term pain lends to some potential long-term issues.


Research shows that short-term natural recovery from an ankle sprain poses for a higher risk of injury recurrence. Persistence of symptoms following an ankle sprain suggests that these injuries may not be adequately managed. Symptoms may include significant swelling, weakness, and mobility restrictions and may affect your overall function and quality of life for up to 1 month post-injury. Strength, motor control (normal movement patterns), motion, and proprioception (balance) can all be impaired following even a mild ankle sprain. 


Physical therapy can reduce the risk of having something small turn into long-term issues that affect the ankle, knee, and hip. If you or someone you know has had an ankle sprain and still suffers from occasional irritation, stop by Iowa City Physical Therapy (located inside Core Fitness on Mormon Trek Blvd) to set up a free consult and talk with one of our professionals, or simply call 319-339-4278.