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Ankle Sprains Specialist

Active Rehab Clinics

Sports Injury Specialist located in Park Ridge, IL & Bucktown, Chicago, IL

More than 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day, making it one of the most common injuries in the United States. At Active Rehab Clinics in Bucktown, Chicago, and in Park Ridge, Illinois, Tony Zemlinsky, DC, and his team provide expert treatments to help you recover from ankle sprains quickly and safely so you can get back to your regular activities. Call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today for expert treatment for sprained ankles.

Ankle Sprains Q&A

What are the warning signs of ankle sprains?

A sprain occurs when you overstretch a ligament. Ligaments are the bands of connective tissue that hold the bones together in your joints. 

When you sprain your ankle, you might feel or hear a “pop.” Other common signs of an ankle sprain include:

  • Pain, especially when you put weight on it
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Instability

While a mild sprain might heal on its own, you should talk to a medical professional about your injury to ensure you get the treatment you need for your ankle to heal correctly. 

What are the common causes of ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains are common sports injuries because of the increased likelihood of forcing your ankle out of its normal position while running or jumping. You can also sprain your ankle while walking on uneven ground or falling. 

For example, you could sprain your ankle during a fall or by landing awkwardly after jumping or pivoting. You could also sprain your ankle if you collide with another player during training or a match.

How are sprained ankles diagnosed?

Active Rehab Clinics provides comprehensive exams to identify and evaluate ankle sprains. They ask questions about your symptoms and what you were doing when you were injured.

They look at your ankle and feel it for swelling, gently moving your foot to check your range of motion. 

Active Rehab Clinics use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including Physimax functional movement assessments and Optojump gait analysis. You might also need an X-ray or MRI.

How are ankle sprains treated?

If your ankle sprain is mild, Active Rehab Clinics might recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE method). More severe sprains could benefit from a brace or immobilizing boot. 

Your provider might also recommend physical therapy to rebuild your strength, flexibility, and stability in the injured joint.

The practice uses advanced functional medicine techniques to help you recover and get back to your regular activities. 

Active Rehab Clinics also offer Plantiga AI orthotics — custom-made shoe inserts — to correct any gait abnormalities that could contribute to your risk of reinjury. 

Call Active Rehab Clinics or make an appointment online today for expert, personalized treatment for ankle sprains.