Yoga for Ankle Sprain
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I have sprained both ankles several times each throughout my life. I've used the ice/heat treatment, and rested them intially, but finally got back what feels like full functionality.
Walking helps. I rent a car when necessary, but most of my adult life I haven't owned a car. I take public transporation and walk everywhere else. Where I currently live is a half-mile to the subway station, going downhill to get there, and uphill to get back home. I do frequent stair-climbing as well, avoiding escalators wherever possible, up and down, and 'climbing' the escalator if I must take one. I also do regular foot and ankle exercises, several being yoga-based.
Sprained ankles can take a long time to heal. The last time I sprained my ankle, about five years ago, it took almost a full year before it felt completely back to 'normal'. I haven't had any problems with it since then though.
Yoga has strengthened and uncurled my body, so I no longer fall. If I step on uneven ground, I am able to catch myself before my foot rolls over into an ankle sprain. One-legged yoga poses certainly help with balance, but real improvement has come with two-legged poses that strengthen outer-calf and hip muscles.
My family has a problem with hyperlaxity of our joints. I sprained my ankle the first time when I was about 5 and suffered from a fairly serious ankle sprain nearly every year after that age. I began practicing yoga at the age of 22 for some lower back issues and I haven't had a single ankle sprain in the past 15 years. All those one legged standing poses have strengthened my muscles and the supporting tissue. I will occassionally feel my ankles starting to slip out of place but then all the supporting tissue firm up and prevent a nasty dislocation. Hurrah for yoga.
I just had an Ah-ha! moment. I have multiple sclerosis. One of my major exhibiting symptoms is bad balance. I have broken both of my ankles and twisted/ sprained them countless times. My ankles can start hurting at awkward times: while I am driving, walking long distances, etc.
I have noticed that since I started practicing yoga over a year ago (to help with my MS)- I have not had ankle problems. Yoga challenges me every time in the area of balance and I have experienced an increase in balance over the past year, as well.
If better balance = better ankles it is just another way yoga has transformed my life.