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Ankle FAQ


My son injured his ankle in a sports injury. He saw several athletic trainers and therapists with no improvement. Then a physical therapist did a joint manipulation on the ankle and he was back playing the same day. Is that all that's needed? What if it happens again?


Your son may have had a partial dislocation of a bone in the ankle causing his symptoms. It's not uncommon for a manipulation to realign the joint and restore full motion and function.

A second manipulation may be needed if the injury has been present a month or more. Sometimes the therapist will advise the athlete to tape the joint for the first week back on the field.

Stretching and self-mobilization can be taught to maintain the good results. Many athletes never have a relapse or return of symptoms, even months later.

Jason Jennings, DPT, SCS, ATC, MTC, CSCS, and George J. Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, FAPTA. Treatment of Cuboid Syndrome Secondary to Lateral Ankle Sprains: A Case Series. In Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. July 2005. Vol. 35. No. 7. Pp. 409-415.

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