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Causes and Risks of Ankle Sprains in Athletes

Ankle sprains are common injuries, with half occurring during athletic activities. This injury happens when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear, often due to sudden twisting or rolling of the foot. Athletes are particularly susceptible during sports that involve jumping, running, or rapid direction changes. The ligaments most frequently affected are the anterior talofibular ligament, the calcaneofibular ligament, and the posterior talofibular ligament. These ligaments connect the bones of the ankle and provide stability to the joint. When they are injured, symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for recovery, often involving rest, compression, and elevation. Preventative measures include proper footwear, strength training, and exercises to reduce the risk of future sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Washington and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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