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Could you have sprained your ankle? Don’t wait to find out!
You couldn’t wait to get out on the field. The weather is warm. The team is all ready to start the game. As you hit the ball and run for the base you realize you don’t have enough time. You’re going to have slide into the base if you want to stay in the game. You slide into the base and you’re safe; however, your ankle isn’t. Something is definitely wrong. Our New York City Podiatrists are here to tell you the warning signs of a sprained ankle and why you should seek treatment as soon as the injury occurs.
How do I know that I sprained my ankle?
There are a lot of ankle injuries that can occur, from minor strains to torn ligaments and broken bones. Therefore, it can be difficult to discern what’s going on because a lot of injuries can manifest with the same symptoms. This is why it’s important to visit your New York City foot doctor right away if you are dealing with any signs that you might have a sprained ankle.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
The most obvious symptom is ankle pain. The pain may be either on the outer or inner side of the ankle, depending on which ligament has been affected. The pain is typically characterized as sharp and gets worse when you try to put any weight on the foot. You may find that the only way to get rid of the pain is to sit down and prop your feet up. This is a pretty good sign that you are dealing with a sprain.
Other symptoms include:
- Loss of flexibility or range-of-motion
You may have even heard a snapping or popping sound at the moment of the injury.
If you are dealing with symptoms of a sprained ankle in New York City, it’s time to turn to our expert podiatry team who can help get you back on your feet in no time. Don’t ignore your symptoms or try to handle the issue by yourself (as you never know how serious it can be).
Call our team today and let us know that you might be dealing with a sprained ankle. We will get you in for a visit right away.
America has carried on a love affair with sports since its inception. Whether you are a professional athlete, play in youth or adult teams or have pickup games with friends, your feet and ankles take a beating while playing sports.
All vigorous sports should be played sensibly and safely. Improper preparation and techniques can lead to injury, especially in the lower extremities. Athletes of all levels should be aware of the various risks and potential sports injuries of playing the game. With the guidance of your podiatrist, you can avoid sports injuries and life on the bench.
Common Sports Injuries
Any sport offers a number of different ways to injure your feet and ankles. For instance, in baseball alone, ankle sprains may occur while running, fielding balls, stepping on or sliding into bases.
Your podiatrist will help to determine the extent of the injury and develop a treatment plan to guide you during the healing process. Failure to fully treat and rehabilitate a sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability and recurrent sprains.
Overuse or excessive training can also put some athletes on the bench with Achilles tendinitis or heel pain. The start and stop of many sports often creates pain and tightness in the calf and aggravation of the Achilles tendon. Regular, gentle and gradual stretching of the calf muscles before and after the game will help minimize the pain and stiffness.
Protect Your Feet: Wear Appropriate Shoes
There seems to be a shoe designed for every sport out there, but there is a method to the varying styles. Sport-specific shoes really can change your game and protect your feet from injury. There is no danger in wearing cleats, but they should be gradually introduced before being worn in the game. A young player needs to get a feel for cleats, which should not be worn off of the field.
While the improved traction of cleats may enhance play, it also leaves your ankles more susceptible to twists and turns. Anyone with pre-existing foot conditions should see a podiatrist before putting on cleats, and never wear hand-me-downs. Spikes, which are made to be lighter and more flexible these days, perform the same function as cleats, but engage with the ground differently. These should also be worn with caution until the feel of how they engage with the turf is understood.
Watch for irritation, blisters or redness while wearing cleats, because they can indicate a biomechanical problem in the legs or feet. Pain is a sure sign of a problem, and should be addressed immediately. If wearing cleats causes you pain, discontinue wearing them for a couple days and visit your foot doctor for further treatment and diagnosis.
When it comes to sports, it is important to protect your feet from injury. Activities such as football, baseball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse often lead to ankle injuries as a result of play on artificial surfaces, improper footwear or inadequate stretching. Contact your podiatrist if you exhibit any injuries after playing your favorite sport. Your podiatrist can treat you and offer prevention techniques, so you aren't benched for the rest of the season.
Following an ankle injury, such as a sprain or in more serious cases, ankle surgery, you will inevitably lose some strength and range of motion after being immobilized for an extended period of time. A weak ankle can hinder normal mobility and eventually lead to another injury.
Your ankle or leg may feel stiff, especially if treatment required wearing a cast or a walking boot. Stiffness and instability are common symptoms following an ankle injury that will need to be addressed in order to get you back to your normal range of motion and activity level.
Your New York podiatrist may recommend post-injury physical therapy or home exercises that will help you strengthen weak muscles surrounding the ankle joint and restore mobility to lower your risk of re-injury. These series of stretches and exercises include range of motion exercises for the injured ankle and stretching exercises for the calf muscles.
Range of motion exercises help loosen stiff ankles while helping you regain any motion that was lost during the healing process. It’s also important to keep your muscles flexible by stretching, especially prior to any workout or physical activity to decrease the risk of re-injury. As with all exercises, progress slowly and discontinue if painful.
The shoes you wear will also play an important role in protecting your injured ankle and restoring your mobility. Supportive shoes will provide more comfort, better balance and help stabilize the weak ankle to prevent re-injury.
Proper care and rehabilitation following an ankle injury is critical to ensure your ankle fully heals. Always consult Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates if ankle pain or stiffness persists or worsens, and before starting any new exercise program.