Ankle sprains can disproportionately affect athletes such as those who play professional basketball or football. This happens because the ankle joint is held together by muscles and tendons that can twist with any sudden movements which are a huge part of athletic maneuvers. Since high-intensity activities have the effect of placing constant abnormal pressure on the ankle. If the ankle moves in an unusual manner, it can suddenly twist and cause the ligaments supporting it to tear or stretch beyond their normal limits. Symptoms of this condition include discomfort, swelling, inability to bend and or lethargy in the ankle. Another important note is that if the ankle sprains on consecutive occasions, it could lead to ankle instability, which can negatively impact professional athletes.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the ligaments around the ankle joint to prevent future instability. This can also help to minimize pain in sprained ankles and provide greater stability in the long run.
- Use of support devices to prevent the ankle from moving in an abnormal motion. These can be via braces that can be custom fit for professional athletes.
- Surgical procedures will be required if the ankle keeps on spraining and if it does not heal completely on its own.
This condition can cause sudden pain and may keep happening if not treated appropriately. The recovery period subsequent to a sprain can last for up to a year, depending on the severity of the sprain. Please contact us for an in-depth examination of your ankle. Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will apply the latest treatment methods to your specific ankle issue. So don’t be a stranger! Call our office at any of the numbers provided above. We also recommend that you take a glance at our Patient Education library to see how you can act to minimize other complications from occurring.