The Benefits of Two Treatments That Can Decrease the Symptoms of Ankle Injuries and Prevent Sprains in the Future

In 2016, more than 850,000 patients suffered from ankle injuries, and one analysis showed that approximately 85 percent of the injuries were sprains. Throughout the next eight years, at least 2 percent of people will experience ankle injuries in the United States. When providing treatments that feature a simulated environment and Myolux, a clinic can tremendously reduce the risk of future injuries, strengthen tendons within the leg, improve balance and increase an athlete’s range of motion.

The Causes of Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries can be provoked by unnatural movements that twist the ankle, sports that require jumping and excessive pressure that the joint may not withstand. If an athlete suffers from a sprain, the injury could also be associated with bursitis, gout, small fractures and osteochondritis dissecans. Some affected patients also experience osteoarthritis, which is related to reduced cartilage in the ankle and severe inflammation. Additionally, several reports have shown that the risk of ankle injuries can triple if an individual frequently completes workouts that involve long-distance running.

Potential Complications

Numerous reports have indicated that ankle injuries can intensify the symptoms of knee injuries, strains that affect the hamstrings and injuries that influence the hip flexors. Ankle sprains might also cause the ligaments to stretch excessively, so the injuries may substantially weaken the tendons, decrease the range of motion of the leg and reduce stability.
If a patient has suffered from a sprained ankle for more than two weeks, the swollen ligaments could eventually worsen strains in the abdominal muscles because the injuries influence an athlete’s balance and place additional stress on the muscles in the torso.

Choosing Treatments That Require a Simulated Environment

When creating a simulated environment, a clinic may utilize C.A.R.E.N, which is a patented system that features sensors, a custom platform that a computer controls, screens that modify the environment and devices that analyze kinematics.
The machine can prompt the patient to perform various exercises, and the device will specify the muscles that each movement benefits, examine the intensity of every exercise and improve the fluidity of the athlete’s motions. The computer creates virtual environments that are associated with various sports, controls a treadmill and analyzes consistent feedback from sensors that are connected to each athlete.

Evaluating the Condition of the Patient

While a person is performing exercises in the machine, a clinic’s physicians can see a real-time model of the patient’s body, and the device may examine the movements of the individual, the person’s gait, the patient’s balance and the athlete’s overall speed.

The analysis can indicate the effects of injuries, mild pain that is associated with overuse and movements that put additional pressure on various muscles in the leg.

The Advantages of Myolux

Myolux is a state-of-the-art product that can modify an athlete’s movements and prevent motions that place excessive pressure on an injured ankle. The device affects the mechanoreceptors, which modulate the body’s responses to sensations, pressure and various exercises. While lessening the stress on the ankle, the product may also reduce pain by decreasing the sensitivity of the nerves.

Like a simulated environment, the state-of-the-art device is able to strengthen the muscles of the leg, improve the person’s overall stability and enhance the thickness of the tendons. Consequently, the treatment may prevent movements that could provoke ankle injuries and intensify the symptoms of existing sprains.

When a clinic offers treatments that feature a wearable device and a simulated environment, the program will typically increase the strength of the joints by augmenting the amount of cartilage in the joints. In order to decrease the likelihood of future ankle injuries, the treatments can modify the potentially harmful movements of the athlete, improve balance, teach motions that decrease the pressure on the ankle, augment the strength of the tibialis anterior and stretch the peroneal muscles.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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