The summer sun is blazing, and people are out playing their favorite sports. Summer is not just the season for sports, though; it’s also the season for sports injuries. The most popular injury is the sprain. Both athletes and non-athletes are at risk but don’t worry; we’ll go over everything you need to know to treat and prevent sprains this summer.
WHAT IS AN ANKLE SPRAIN?
An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries patients suffer during summer. They occur when the ankle bones twist or receive too much force. The ligaments surrounding the outside of the bones can over-stretching or even tear. Ankle sprains come in different levels of severity. They can be very painful. If the sprain is not correctly diagnosed and treated, it can cause permanent, lasting ankle trouble.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
Ankle sprains can cause anywhere from minor to severe pain when pressure is applied, so it’s important to keep off your feet if you suspect you may have one. The general symptoms of sprain injuries include:
- Bruising of the ankle
- Swelling around the ankle
- Pain along the lower leg
HOW IS A SPRAIN TREATED
Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury. A sprain may need only rest, or it could require surgery. Ankle surgery could involve realignment and temporary or permanent fixation devices to keep proper alignment post-surgery. The doctor will advise the patient on the recovery process and duration, as well as appropriate home care and physical therapy to restore mobility and strength. Other sprains can be treated in the following ways:
- Apply ice to the ankle
- Keep your ankle elevated
- Wrap the ankle; special compression bandages can be helpful
HOW CAN SPRAINS BE PREVENTED
There are several things you can do to help reduce the risk of sprains:
- Make sure you stretch correctly before any strenuous activity
- Protect weak ankles with proper supports or braces
- Wear shoes appropriate for the sport you’re playing
Contact a specialist immediately if you find an issue or are experiencing pain or discomfort. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help diagnose and treat your foot or ankle. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.