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Take Care of Your Ankles over the Holidays

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Ankle Care During the WinterThe holiday season is full of joyous celebrations, colorful decorations, and delightful performances. Perhaps you were able to make it to Richardson’s wonderful Santa’s Village and enjoy the seasonal revelry it has to offer. (If not, definitely plan on it for next year!) This time of year has so much to experience and it would be a shame to miss out on festivities due to foot or ankle pain. With this in mind, Richardson Podiatry Associates wants you to take care of your ankles over the holidays.

Ankle sprains are some of the most common injuries for not only athletes, but anyone who walks, jogs, or runs. Basically, if you’re mobile, you are at risk for suffering an ankle sprain. All it takes is misjudging a curb or slipping on the ice and ligaments will overextend or even tear.  Preventing an ankle sprain is tricky, because the joint is relatively fragile and there are a variety of scenarios that could lead to this injury.

Taking care of an ankle following a sprain is more centered on treatment than prevention. Home methods for treating the condition include resting the ankle by keeping weight off it, using a bandage to wrap it tightly, and icing the area to minimize swelling and inflammation.

Besides sprains, there are other issues that may require you to take care of your ankles. Chronic lateral ankle pain is a condition that occurs after an ankle sprain has not had the time to heal thoroughly. The recurrent instability is caused by a weakness in the surrounding muscles or ligament. This can be prevented by a trip to Richardson Podiatry Associates following an ankle sprain. We will make sure that you have the proper treatment and instructions to ensure a healthy recovery.

Other conditions that can lead to chronic lateral ankle pain include arthritis, a fracture in one of the bones in the ankle joint, and nerve injury. Treatment for this ailment will be contingent upon the specific diagnosis and may entail an ankle brace, physical therapy, or a steroid injection. In severe cases, surgery may be required, but this is not the norm.

We hope that you have a healthy, happy holiday season, but are here for you if you develop any foot or ankle problems. Call our Richardson, TX, office at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online today.

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