AnkleTough® Rehab System

The AnkleTough resistive exercise system is comprised of color-coded resistive tension straps in four strengths (light, medium, strong, and tough). Available in the 4-pack system (one each of four straps plus an exercise instruction guide) or the 8-pack featuring a single resistance per pack.

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Description

An easy-to-follow, effective ankle rehab, therapy and strengthening program, AnkleTough offers a system of progressive resistive exercise that is used to strengthen and condition ankles or rehab ankle sprains.

When utilized in an ankle rehab program, AnkleTough strengthens ankles injured by sprains, fractures, tendon ruptures, and tendinitis. Additionally, using the AnkleTough system can help prevent the recurrence of ankle injuries by strengthening and conditioning the surrounding ankle muscles and tendons.

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The Three Degrees of Ankle Sprain

So, you have sprained your ankle. Based on the severity of the sprain, you may need to see your doctor for treatment.

Ankle sprains are classified into three categories.

With a first-degree ankle sprain you may notice:

  • Some stretching or perhaps tearing may have occurred
  • No loss of function
  • Mild pain, little bruising
  • Little or no swelling
  • Some joint stiffness or difficulty walking
Signs of a second-degree ankle sprain:
  • Difficulty walking
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Swelling and tenderness in the ankle joint
  • Bruising may start after 3 to 4 days
The third-degree ankle sprain is the most serious:
  • Total rupture of a ligament
  • Walking may not be possible
  • Severe pain initially and substantial swelling
  • May require surgery
Once your ankle sprain has healed, your doctor may want you to do some exercises to decrease the risk of re-injury and increase the strength of your injured ankle.

We offer the AnkleTough® Rehab System, an easy-to-use resistive exercise system that comes complete with an exercise instruction card to help you strengthen and condition the muscles and tendons surrounding your ankle.

Walgreen Health Solutions has the expertise to keep you on your feet.

 

Sprained Ankle Treatment

Basic Care for the Sprained Ankle

Basic sprained ankle treatment starts with R.I.C.E – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Proper treatment of your sprained ankle will speed the healing process and may prevent future chronic pain.

Details for treating your sprained ankle:

  • Rest: The first 24-48 hours after you sprain your ankle it is crucial for you stay off your feet as much as possible. Gradually put weight on your foot, avoiding any activities that cause pain.
  • Ice: For the first 48 hours post-injury, ice the sprain for 20 minutes at a time, every 3-4 hours. Icing for longer than 20 minutes may actually do more harm than good as it may damage your tissue. You can use a bag of frozen peas or berries as an ice pack allowing you to re-use the bag.

  • Compression: Use compression when elevating a sprain in early treatment. An Ace® bandage works well for this. Wrap snuggly, but don’t cut off your circulation. If your toes become cold, blue, or tingle, re-wrap your ankle. If your circulation is inhibited, the healing process can be slowed.

  • Elevation: Keep your sprained ankle elevated — try to get it higher than your heart if possible. By elevating your foot you will reduce the swelling.

If you are unable to walk, if the swelling is excessive, or your symptoms persist for more than a few days … call your doctor.

Once you are back on your feet, it is important to strengthen your ankle to avoid re-injury.


Our AnkleTough® Rehab System is the final step in your sprained ankle treatment. The easy-to-use resistive exercise system comes complete with an exercise instruction card to help you strengthen and condition the muscles and tendons surrounding your ankle.

Get back on your feet and stay there. Contact DM Systems for your AnkleTough Rehab System.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Understanding Ankle Sprain

Common types of Ankle Injuries

  • Sprains – inversion and eversion
  • Fractures

  • Tendon rupture

  • Tendonitis

  • Tenosynovitis

  • Bursitis
There are two types of ankle sprains:

Inversion – the most common ankle sprain; the foot twists inward in relation to the lower leg and the ankle rolls out.

Eversion – the foot twists outward in relation to the lower leg
and the ankle rolls in.

Ankle Sprain Classifications:

Grade I – minor injury to the ligament, minimal functional loss, little swelling, and localized, mild pain.

Grade II – incomplete rupture of ligament, moderate functional loss, diffuse tenderness and swelling.

Grade III – complete rupture of ligament, significant functional disability, severe tenderness and swelling, marked loss of range of motion.

Sprained Ankle Treatment

Basic Care for the Sprained Ankle

Basic sprained ankle treatment starts with R.I.C.E – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Proper treatment of your sprained ankle will speed the healing process and may prevent future chronic pain.

Details for treating your sprained ankle:

  • Rest: The first 24-48 hours after you sprain your ankle it is crucial for you stay off your feet as much as possible. Gradually put weight on your foot, avoiding any activities that cause pain.
  • Ice: For the first 48 hours post-injury, ice the sprain for 20 minutes at a time, every 3-4 hours. Icing for longer than 20 minutes may actually do more harm than good as it may damage your tissue. You can use a bag of frozen peas or berries as an ice pack allowing you to re-use the bag.

  • Compression: Use compression when elevating a sprain in early treatment. An Ace® bandage works well for this. Wrap snuggly, but don’t cut off your circulation. If your toes become cold, blue, or tingle, re-wrap your ankle. If your circulation is inhibited, the healing process can be slowed.

  • Elevation: Keep your sprained ankle elevated — try to get it higher than your heart if possible. By elevating your foot you will reduce the swelling.

If you are unable to walk, if the swelling is excessive, or your symptoms persist for more than a few days … call your doctor.

Once you are back on your feet, it is important to strengthen your ankle to avoid re-injury.

Ankle Strengthening Exercise

Preventing Injury to the Ankle

Most people sprain their ankle during sports activities or while walking or running on an uneven surface. Athletes who are required to move from side-to-side are most susceptible to ankle sprains.

So, how can you prevent ankle injuries?

Ankle strengthening exercises can be an important part of a conditioning program to improve strength and balance.

In addition to ankle strengthening exercises, the following can reduce your risk of an ankle injury:

  • Maintain a well-balanced diet to keep a healthy weight and keep muscles strong.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly.

  • Replace athletic shoes as soon as the tread wears out.

  • Be in proper physical condition to play a sport.

  • Warm up and stretch before sports or exercise.

  • Run on even surfaces

If you have already injured your ankle, once it has healed completely, do some ankle strengthening exercises to prevent re-injury. These exercises make the muscles stronger, thus providing protection to the ligaments associated with the ankle.

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