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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 17, 2018
Category: Ankle Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Recent cold days have brought some occasional slippery conditions to West Chatham County. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we thought this might be a good time to remind patients to take the necessary precautions to prevent ankle twisting injuries. When your ankle turns or gives way, the excessive force of the twist can overstretch or even tear ligaments in the outer ankle. This is the definition of an ankle sprain. Sprains can be of varying severity, but all sprains should receive medical attention.

Signs of an ankle sprain include pain, bruising at the site, and swelling. Being able to bear weight on your ankle is not necessarily a sign that it is okay. If you even suspect that you may have sprained your ankle, it’s important that you contact our Pooler, GA office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can examine your ankle and prescribe the correct treatment right away. Without prompt and complete rehabilitation, an ankle is unlikely to heal fully and repeated sprains are more likely.

Of course, the best scenario is not spraining your ankle in the first place. Keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent ankle injuries:

  • When the ground is wet, icy, or slippery, wear shoes that are appropriate for the conditions. Low or no heels and a good tread that helps grip the pavement are essential. Don’t make the mistake of just “running out for one thing” in heels or unstable shoes when ice is present. Failing to take a few minutes to change your shoes could result in a long-term disability.
  • Always look ahead when you are walking. Objects in your path, black ice, changing pavement heights, curbs and broken sidewalks are all primary twisting hazards.
  • Don’t carry so many bags that you can’t see what’s in front of you.
  • Exercise regularly to maintain strength and flexibility in your ankle and overall good balance.
  • Take care of any foot pain or other discomforts. In many instances, foot pain will cause you to alter the way you walk which can throw off your balance and lead to a fall. Make an appointment at our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330-8885.









 

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