Greetings! It’s Dr. Howard.
I hope that all of you are staying safe during these unusual times. If you are following the news, we are turning the corner with regards to covid-19 and this will mean less restrictions for all of us. This leads to more people outside enjoying the weather and being more active. This, of course also leads to more injuries.
One of the most common injuries that we encounter in our practice is ankle sprains. As the coach for my son’s basketball team, I have seen and treated many ankle sprains.
In basketball, ankle sprains happen for various reasons. Improper shoe gear, stepping on people’s feet or landing awkwardly after jumping for a rebound. When you roll an ankle, the majority of the pain typically occurs on the outside of the ankle where the ligaments are the weakest. This can lead to swelling, pain, and even at times fractures of bones or tearing of ligaments and tendons.
The good news is that most ankle sprains heal uneventfully. It is important to implement immediate RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) to decrease the pain and swelling. If unable to bear weight, crutches and boot immobilization should be used to protect the injured ankle.
All ankle sprains should be evaluated as the severity can differ from person to person and standard treatment protocols do not always apply. It is best to implement therapy immediately after an injury (within 24-48 hours) as swelling can delay the healing process and lead to unnecessary pain. If you suffer from pain around your ankle, have a history of ankle sprains or “weak ankles” there are many treatment options that are available to you. Please contact our office for an appointment to be evaluated and discuss with you how we can help.
Adam S. Howard DPM