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Risk Factors for Sprained Ankles

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Understanding the risk factors for ankle sprains and strains is important to avoid injury. Poor athletic conditioning, characterized by a lack of regular ankle strengthening exercises, increases susceptibility to ankle sprains during strenuous activities. Muscle and ligament fatigue, especially when pushing through exhaustion towards the end of vigorous activities, further heightens the risk. Skipping warm-up sessions before physical activity leaves muscles and ligaments tight, while decreasing flexibility and increasing vulnerability to injury. Excess weight places additional stress on the joints, amplifying the likelihood of sprains during movements like walking, running, or jumping. Gender and age also play significant roles, with females over 30 and males aged 15 to 24 showing higher susceptibility to ankle sprains. Wearing high heels in uneven terrain, and wearing low-topped shoes during sports like basketball, further increases the risk of injury. Through proper conditioning, warm-up routines, weight management, and appropriate footwear selection, the risk of ankle sprains decreases. For personalized guidance and strategies for minimizing ankle sprain risk, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Kellvan Cheng, DPM from Elite Foot & Ankle. 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 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 office located in Carrollton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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