ANKLE PAIN: WHAT IF AND HAVE YOU DEALT WITH IT ?
Have you effectively dealt with your ankle sprain ?
Today I have simply listed some 'WHAT IF' questions to get you thinking. I have put some suggestions to try underneath. Have a think, have a move- see what feels right and what feels foreign. Tune into your movement, focus on what you are trying to achieve- can you do it?
Feel free to comment with any questions or thoughts you have.
(For more information on our FULL BODY movement assessment please get in touch or visit our website. Stay tuned over the next week for a further blog on exactly what our movement assessment includes- it's LIKE NO OTHER IN PERTH.
WHAT IF THAT LITTLE ANKLE SPRAIN A FEW YEARS AGO WASN'T SO LITTLE ?
Did you ever get back to normal or did you create a new normal?
Think back to your injury for a minute- Have I recovered from this or did I adjust something else to manage this injury better?
Did any other niggles creep up over the time after this injury? Say… a sore knee? A sore back? Does your ankle feel great or are you 'making do' and thinking “I’l be ok ?"
WHAT IF THAT ABNORMAL WALK OR LIMP THAT YOU HAD AFTERWARDS NEVER WENT AWAY? WOULD YOU BE OK WITH THIS ?
This ones easy- simply go for a walk. Does each side feel the same? If no, why not? Is there less spring in one side? does one foot jolt into the floor more than the other? Does one leg swing forwards more than the other?
WHAT IF YOUR ANKLE/FOOT NEVER REGAINED ITS PREVIOUS MOVEMENTS ?- WOULD THIS IMPACT YOUR ACTIVITIES OR HOBBIES?
Maybe yes, maybe no, or maybe you're not sure. Have you returned to the activities you love? Are you restricted?
Try some different movements with your feet- up, down, in and out, twisting in and twisting out. Is the right the same as the left?
Now try some movements in standing- try a squat, what limits you getting down?- tightness in the front of the ankle? Tightness at the back? Pain under the outside ankle bone?
WHAT IF YOUR ANKLE CAN AFFECT THE STRUCTURES ABOVE IT ? COULD THIS BE A CAUSE OR CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR HIP PAIN ?
The answer to this one is yes.
Try a lunge on the right leg and now on your left leg- do they feel the same or different?. Are your feet moving the same? Are the pressures through you feet to the floor the same or do you feel weight in different spots on each side?. Is one side more unbalanced than the other. Do you get pain on one side or the other?
WHAT IF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO FEEL WHAT MOVES AND WHAT DOES NOT ? WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GET IT BACK ?
Start with big movements and then hone in. For example- try standing with your feet shoulder width apart- simply twist left. Return to the middle and then twist right. How did it feel? Can you tell what is stopping you and where it is? Try this a few times if you wish.
Now try this, twist left and right- Focus only on your feet- how do they feel? Same on each side? Weight in the same parts of your feet or different? Which bits are moving, which bits are not. Continue with the turning left and right, focusing on different body parts as you go up- eg how does it feel at the knee, how does it feel at the hip, how does it feel in your lower back etc. Write these down if you wish.
Hopefully these movements and questions have evoked a thought process or increased the beginnings of becoming more aware of your body and what moves and what does not move. Let me know how you got on.
For more information on our FULL BODY movement assessment please get in touch or visit our website. Stay tuned over the next week for a further blog on exactly what our movement assessment includes- its LIKE NO OTHER IN PERTH.