Darius Johnson, receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, is currently out with a sprained ankle. Johnson injured himself during the Falcons’ recent game against the Redskins, and was missing from practice the next day. How many future games and practices he will have to skip remains to be seen.
Coincidentally Johnson was chosen as a starter to replace Roddy White, who is also out with an injury. “We’ve got a couple games left this season. So, he needs to get himself as healthy as possible before he goes out there and play,” White advised Johnson.
Leading an active lifestyle increases the likelihood of getting injuries like ankle sprains. If your ankle hurts and you think it might be sprained, consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can examine your injury and determine what level of care is needed.
How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?
Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Skin discoloration
How Can I 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 helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.
- Wearing appropriate shoes
- Stretching before participating in physical activity
- Knowing your limitations
Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity. Many times people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. However surgery may be required in more severe cases
If you have suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support, such as a brace to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.
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