San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker injured his left ankle in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings after coming down on his leg awkwardly. Parker needed to be helped up off the court and into the locker room, transferring the burden onto Manu Ginobili. Although the team is making it into the playoffs with or without Parker, this leaves the San Antonio Spurs without their superstar player.

Athletes can miss important games as a result of ankle sprains as in the case of Tony Parker. Ankle sprains should always be treated no matter what. If you have sprained your ankle, seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC to ensure the injury is properly evaluated and appropriate treatment options are given.

How Ankle Sprains Occur

Ankle sprains take place when ligaments are stretched or torn beyond their capable limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; including something as simple as walking. Ankle damage can happen from walking on uneven terrain or losing one’s footing.

What are the Symptoms?

· Skin Discoloration
· Bruising
· Swelling
· Limited Mobility

How to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes keeping it propped up and elevated, remaining off your feet and applying ice packs as needed. Wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can also be helpful. The most important step is to avoid placing further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

· Wearing occasion-appropriate shoes
· Stretching before exercises and sports
· Knowing your body’s limits

For more information at how to treat a sprained ankle, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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