Terry Collins announced following Sunday’s game that Johan Santana's next start will be delayed because of a mild ankle injury. Collins assured the press that Santana’s injury should be of no concern and will only delay his start by one or two days in order to give him time to rest.
Dealing with ankle sprains can be made easier with the help of a podiatrist. Dr. Bruce Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care treats many patients with ankle sprains and with his help, you’ll be back on your feet in no time.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury occurs when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If you lose your footing or are walking on uneven terrain for example, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?
- Limited mobility
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity
Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
Preventing a Sprain
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. However, if the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required. If you have suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support, such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions, please feel free to visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.