Sometimes, playing a particular kind of sport can increase an athlete’s susceptibility to particular kinds of foot conditions. For example, when an individual plays volleyball, they may be putting themselves at a risk of enduring a foot injury, such as an ankle sprain. The lateral ankle sprain is a common injury among volleyball players. There are several reasons for this. Most importantly, volleyball players often must frequently jump during games. When coming back down from a high jump, a volleyball player might land incorrectly on the outside of the foot. Often the force with which this occurs on the feet can be too much for the muscles around the ankle to handle. Ankle sprains can be the result. If you are a volleyball player and want to take steps to protect your feet, it is a good idea to contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment.
Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
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. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, 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 contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.