Ankle Sprains: The “Common Cold” of the Sports World

Imagine this: you’re on the court, dribbling toward the basket to make a shot. You jump, shoot the ball, and feel a sharp pain in your ankle as you land on a slightly twisted foot. Or imagine you’re running down a soccer field ready to make a goal, trying to dodge the opposing teams’ defenders. You take a short step to change directions when your ankle buckles underneath you. Athletes the world over know the pain of an ankle sprain. It’s one of the most common injuries and it’s hard to prevent—almost like the common cold of the sports world.

If you play sports, you already know that taking care of your ankles is vital to your season. Failing to do so can have a compounding effect, resulting in more injuries later. Some athletes have even learned the hard way that playing through the problem only makes it worse. Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns retired in 2013 after a career riddled with ankle injuries, starting with a simple sprain back in 2000 that he didn’t have properly treated. That chronically weakened ankle was reinjured multiple times and required surgery to fix.

Chances are high that, if you play sports, you will sprain your ankle at some point during your athletic career. What will make the difference is how you take care of it after it happens. Rest your foot and take steps to lower the swelling. Have it examined by our expert staff here at Sierra Foot & Ankle to make sure the strained connective tissues are not torn—and to set up a plan for your recovery and return to sports. You may need to wear a brace and do some physical therapy exercises as it heals, to stabilize it and return to your full strength.

If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, or have any other ankle problems, don’t wait and let it become a chronic issue. Take care of your lowest limbs and get back to the activities you love quickly! Contact Sierra Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information. Call (775) 783-8037 or visit our online contact page to reach us.

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