Many times people “roll” their ankle doing day-to-day activities, miss-stepping, and/or having a history of frequent ankle sprains/strains. The reason for so many recurring injuries/pain in the ankles is due to poor rehabilitation of the initial injury.
The old-school approach to ankle rehabilitation was to “RICE” (rest, ice compression, and elevation); however, that method has been proven to be less effective. In order to properly rehab an ankle, it needs to be challenged in both weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing exercises. Early mobility and stability training is imperative to a full ankle recovery. It is also important to note that not only the ankle musculature needs to be addressed, but all of the muscles in both lower extremities and the core as well.