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Don't Let Your Ankle Throw Off Your Balance

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports, accounting for 40% of all injuries and 10% of ER visits. Sometimes ankle sprains are relatively minor and they heal on their own, but it’s estimated that long term sequelae occur in up to 50% of people with lateral ankle sprains. Studies found that residual instability occurs in 20% to 40% of people after a grade II lateral ankle sprain. Following acute ankle sprains our bodies have decreased balance and postural control which can lead to increased postural sway and increase the risk of falling later in life. Sprained ankles also result in compromised proprioception (body position sense) and mechanoreceptor function (detects touch, pressure