Can A Sprained Ankle Affect Your Irish Dancing Years Later?

Article featured in Diddlyi Magazine.
02.05.10

I have one ankle that is always weaker than the other. Three years ago I mildly sprained my right ankle while dancing. It swelled and there was a lot of pain so I went to the doctor. She took an x-ray and instructed I stay off it for two weeks and it would heal fine.

She was right, after two weeks I started dancing again, but as expected, the right ankle was still sensitive. Things went back to normal and I was competing again within a couple months. As time went on there was no more pain, but since then I’ve rolled my ankle maybe three of four times. Never the left ankle, always the right.

When I dance, the right ankle still gets sore more quickly and in general always feels weaker than the left. I find it fascinating that spraining my ankle once three years ago still effects me today.

Is it possible that my ankle never fully healed? It no longer hurts, but it simply feels weaker than it used to be before the sprain.

Article written by Shelly Allen
Photo by Shelly Allen Photography

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