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Ankle Sprains Among Student Athletes

Ankle sprains are thought to be the most common sports injuries among student-athletes. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched beyond its normal range, resulting in a tear or rupture. The outer ligament in the ankle, which helps to stabilize the joint, is usually the one injured. This can happen when the side of the foot turns under, thereby putting excess stress on the ligament. Among the symptoms are pain, tenderness, swelling, inability to bear weight, restricted range of motion, and a popping sound at the time of injury. An ankle sprain, whether mild, moderate, or severe, must be taken seriously if the ankle joint is to heal thoroughly. However, if the ankle is not treated or allowed to fully heal before resuming activity, the student is at risk of developing chronic ankle instability. If your student-athlete has sprained an ankle, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for a complete exam and diagnosis.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Castillo from Bronx Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bronx, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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