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How an Ankle Sprain Can Affect Your Balance

Have you noticed that after you sprained your ankle, your balance is off, and you feel unsteady when you walk? At Exclusive Physical Therapy, our therapists specialize in treating all types of foot and ankle problems to ensure they don’t lead to long-term problems.

While many factors can lead to balance problems, it can take time to figure out the root cause exactly. Ankle sprains are very common in people of all ages and abilities. Too often, people don’t realize that injuring the ankle directly affects your foot’s function and balance.

In fact, one of the most common complications of an ankle sprain is ineffectively addressing the disruption to proprioception. Proprioception is the body’s way of telling where we are in space. The nervous system interprets the information to ensure we respond to changes in our environment.

Pain or an injury to the ankle joints can limit the ankle’s function resulting in future pain and even an injury. Unfortunately, even if your pain subsides, dysfunction may still be present and lead to re-injury or chronic pain. Fortunately, it is also possible for the reverse situation to happen.

At Exclusive Physical Therapy, our physical therapists understand the interconnectedness of the ankle and foot. They can help you identify the source of your problems and provide clear instructions and proven treatments to resolve them once and for all!

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