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High Ankle Sprains in Athletes

High ankle sprains, prevalent among athletes, are distinct from traditional ankle sprains due to the affected ligaments. These injuries typically occur during sudden twists or impacts that force the foot upwards, straining the ligaments connecting the two lower leg bones, the tibia, and fibula. These are unlike common ankle sprains, which involve the ligaments on the sides of the ankle. The injury causes pain, swelling, and instability, hindering mobility and performance. Sports that involve rapid changes in direction or jumping, such as basketball, soccer, and football, pose a higher risk. Factors like insufficient warm-up, wearing improper footwear, and fatigue exacerbate the likelihood of injury. Timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, including rest, compression, and elevation, are critical for recovery and prevent long-term complications in athletes. If you have suffered an ankle sprain during a sporting activity, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine which type of sprain it is, and treat it accordingly.

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
  • Swelling
  • 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.

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