Why are Ankle Sprains so common in Dancer?
Is rest the best way to treat an ankle sprain?
How do we prevent Ankle Sprains reoccurring?
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The ankle is one of the most commonly injured sites on the body in dancers, due to the repetitive and fast paced movements on the tips of their toes and balls of their feet. Due to spending a more than usual amount of time in maximum plantar flexion, this can put dancers at a higher risk of suffering a lateral ankle sprain.
There are 3 main ligaments that we as Sports Rehabilitator's will be particularly interested in when dealing with the lateral aspect of the ankle. these are the; Anterior Talofibular Ligament, Posterior Talofibular Ligament and Calcaneofibular Ligament.
Ankle Sprains account for 45% of all injuries sustained within dance and there are 3 different grades, each more severe than the last. Grade 1 = slight pain, stiffness in the joint. Grade 2 = Moderate pain, slight bruising and swelling. Grade 3 = Complete rupture, severe pain, bruising and swelling and sometimes can be heard as an audible pop when the rupture occurs.