This sort of support is rare among doctors, yet is a regular practice and exemplary manifestation of the one-on-one attention given at Therapydia. I feel supported at Therapydia by the entire staff, from the physical therapists to the service provided by the administrative support team. When you look forward to coming in for a physical therapy appointment you know you have found something special.
These guys are the best. There is a reason everyone gives them 5 stars. At first glance, it’s the personal attention really separates this practice from others. But then you find that not only does the team want to make sure you are getting their full attention, but they want to make sure you see results, too. I work with Jennifer, and she is terrific.
I came to Therapydia with a painful ankle with a referral from my doctor after a traffic accident. They knew exactly what to do, and after only a few sessions the pain was gone and I was able to fully resume my triathlon training!
Recovering From Ankle Sprains and Pain
The chances of re-spraining your ankle are at least 30% and sometimes as high as 80% if the ligaments of your ankle are severely stretched and unstable. People who play sports are especially prone to ankle injuries because of the movements they engage in. Unexpected changes in direction and potential contact with other players when playing basketball, soccer, etc. leads to a risky environment for the ankles.
One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to re-educate your ankle’s sense of balance that was damaged during the injury. Special receptors in your ankles send information to your brain about how your ankle is positioned when you’re walking or moving. After an injury, communication between these receptors in your ankle and your brain is disrupted. Since the receptors are damaged, they can’t tell your body how your ankle is positioned. Your ankle may lose its sense of where it’s positioned relative to your movements (i.e. proprioception). This may leave your already injured ankle prone to instability since your body can’t balance it correctly.
Signs & Symptoms
With weak glutes, your hips can drop out, and your knees can turn inward as you move. Once that happens, there’s more pressure put on your ankle to compensate for the imbalance—which increases the chances of a resprain.
- Ankle pain
- Ankle instability
- Difficulty moving the ankle or walking
Physical rehabilitation for any ankle injury involves involves taking a full-body approach to treating your ankle. If you injured your ankle while participating in an activity you love, our physical therapists will help teach you how to control movements to eliminate the chances of re-injury.
You may be experiencing:
Without properly treating your initial ankle injury in the first place, future ankle instability may lead to future sprains. It doesn’t come down to simply strengthening the ankle muscles. Retraining the way your balance system communicates with your brain is a key part of the physical rehabilitation process. Preventing an ankle injury involves strengthening the whole body so you aren’t as dependant on your ankles when you move.
- Manual therapy to improve the ankle’s range of motion, prevent scar tissue buildup, and reduce any swelling in the joint.
- Balance retraining and ankle stability training to help your ankle stay stable as you move around.
- Custom exercises to strengthen the hips, gluteal, and abdominal muscles to give you more control when you move.
About Therapydia DC
Better Physical Therapy Experience
At Therapydia DC, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on ankle treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries. Best of all, you’re covered. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most PPO insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash-based payments.
- Lifetime Wellness
- Quality Treatment
Tim Vidale, DPT
and Physical Therapist
Jennifer Nelson, DPT
Jane Kruszewksi, DPT
Joanne Divito, DPT