Many people have twisted their ankle while playing sports. While this is a common occurrence, it can mean that you’re doing something that could lead to a serious injury. Learn how you can protect your ankles and how to treat an ankle injury if you suffer from one.
PROTECTING YOUR ANKLES
Always wear protective gear when playing sports. It only takes one time for someone to kick you in the ankle, or for you to step in a hole that causes a sprain or break. With the proper footwear and shin guards (if needed), you can avoid these types of injuries.
It is important the footwear you choose fit feet your correctly. Even if your sport does not have specific footwear requirements, it is important to make sure your shoes fit properly. A shoe that is too big or too small can cause you to trip, roll your ankle, or bend the wrong way.
Another way to care for your ankle while playing sports is to stretch properly before playing. Although most people know to stretch their legs, they do not pay attention to their ankles or feet. Stretch your ankles out just as you would any other part of your body. If you are unsure, ask your coach, doctor, or other professional for good stretching exercises.
HOW TO TREAT AN ANKLE INJURY
Despite your best efforts, it is possible to end up with an ankle sprain. Unless you cannot put weight on your foot, you should start treatment using the RICE method.
- Rest: Get off your ankle as soon as possible and rest.
- Ice: Ice your ankle for 20 minutes every few hours for the first day or two.
- Compression: Use an elastic bandage to wrap your ankle.
- Elevation: Rest with your ankle higher than your heart.
If the ankle is extremely painful or you cannot put any weight on your foot, see a doctor immediately. It could be a severe sprain, break, or tear.
Want To Learn More About Preventing Or Treating Ankle Injuries? Contact Southern California Foot And Ankle Specialists
Drs. Rodriguez and Spencer specialize in conditions of the foot and ankle. For more information contact our Orange County office to schedule an appointment. We can be reached at 949-364-WALK. We look forward to treating you.