Acute ankle and foot injuries are common in athletes and other active young people. Sprains account for the greatest number of acute injuries.

The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics summarizing the treatment phases of rehabilitation for ankle sprain.

Exercises that use elastic tubing can help restore strength to the muscles of the leg and calf.

Calf strengthening can be performed by toe raises, with or without added weight, and toe raises on the edge of a step.

Exercises to restore proprioception are performed on a balance board, a wobble board, or a mini trampoline, or simply by standing on one leg while playing catch with a ball or doing some other distracting activity.

Because injuries and recovery rates are different for every athlete, it is difficult to estimate an exact date or time when return to sports will be safe. However, by plotting the phases of...

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