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By Premier Podiatry - East Cobb
November 24, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankles  

Whether you consider yourself an athlete or not, there are several things that can wreak havoc on the health of your feet and ankles. When you’re healthy it might be hard to think about the possibility of injury, but once injury hits, you’ll wish you had taken the time out to prevent the injury from occurring in the first place.

Ankle injuries can happen to anyone, even though men between the ages of 15 to 24 have the highest incidence rates of ankle sprain. More than one million people see their local emergency room each year because of ankle injuries. Injuries include everything from fractures and sprains to tendon and ligament tears. While ankle injuries can happen for a variety of reasons, here are some of the most common causes.

1. Sports

It’s true that the majority of ankle injuries happen while playing sports. In fact, about half of all sports injuries are ankle-related and more than 80 percent of ankle sprains are caused by inversion, or rolling the ankle. Basketball is one sport that tends to see the highest number of ankle injuries; however, any sport that requires its player to stop suddenly or change direction quickly, may put these athletes at risk.

2. Falling

Falling, tripping, twisting, landing awkwardly while jumping, and even car accidents deliver damaging blows to the ankle that can result in serious injuries.

3. Uneven surfaces

Running or even walking on uneven surfaces like grass or sand pushes the ankle into awkward positions, increasing the risk for a potential issue. If you are wearing high-heels or poorly fitted shoes, this will only compound the issue. Bad footwear is to blame for many foot and ankle problems.

If you are noticing ankle issues, your podiatrist will examine your foot carefully and run X-rays to better diagnose your condition. Most minor ankle conditions can be treated with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation; however, sometimes braces, orthotics, crutches, prescription medication and even surgery are necessary for moderate to severe cases. During your visit, we will design a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and specific issues.

While you can’t always prevent injuries, it’s important to wear the proper gear, stretch and warm-up before hitting the field, and give your body a break when it needs it. Treat your body well, and it will take care of you.

If you’re experiencing ankle or foot problems, call our office right away to schedule an appointment.

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