It’s been a tough season for Mitch Moreland, first baseman for the Texas Rangers, as an upcoming ankle reconstruction surgery will have him missing around three months of ball time. He isn’t the first professional athlete to deal with ankle problems. If you are a weekend warrior, even a minor ankle sprain can turn problematic if you keep playing without letting it heal properly. Preventing ankle instability is the key to avoiding chronic pain and future re-injury.
When an ankle sprain happens, ligaments and tendons that surround the ankle joint are pushed beyond their limits. There are several degrees of sprains, but even a minor one leaves the whole structure somewhat compromised. High re-injury rate for athletes that sustain one or more ankle sprains is common for that reason. Persistent discomfort, instability, and weakness are usually present after a sprain has not healed properly or was not rehabilitated completely.
If you are looking to prevent an injury in the first place, keep your ankles stable with the right footwear and do some regular stretching and strengthening exercises. If you have sustained an ankle injury, follow an appropriate treatment plan from beginning to end. Do not allow yourself any shortcuts in the healing process.
The first step is to manage inflammation and pain. Depending on the nature of the injury, a period of rest and immobilization is often necessary. Physical therapy will help improve your balance and range of motion. During activity, an ankle brace is a great way to keep the ankle joint stable.
Don’t play around with your foot and ankle health—you only have one set of feet that need to last a lifetime! We can keep you pain and injury-free, so don’t hesitate to contact Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX, for further information or treatment—call Dr. Gene Reister today at (972) 690-5374.
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