Every Thanksgiving, families watch football on TV, and play the sport with friends and family members. While most of these friendly games end with everyone enjoying their turkey dinners, more than 25,000 people across the country will get a serious ankle injury.
Many people think that ankle sprains are non-serious injuries that can be treated at home with rest and ice. However, not seeking treatment can have serious long-term effects on a person’s return to functionality and increase their chances of a future serious sprain.
To learn more about this festive injury and what you should do, keep reading!
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About 40 percent of people with ankle sprains will develop long-term joint issues. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, and the number of ligaments involved.
While the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen) can help with swelling and pain, however, following an ankle sprain, people should limit walking and exercise for two weeks. They should also watch for signs of a more serious sprain:
- Redness, swelling or pain in other regions of the leg, which can be a sign of a blood clot
- Weight on the affected foot continues to be painful with the inability to walk more than a few steps without pain
- Five to seven days passing with no improvement to the ankles
- Swelling or bruising lasting more than two weeks
- An inability to bear weight, a deformity, or severe midfoot swelling below the ankle.
It’s important to note that an untreated ankle sprain could lead to chronic ankle condition that includes continuous discomfort and the “giving way” of the ankle. Even if you have a mild sprain, a foot and ankle doctor can suggest physical therapy exercises to promote healing and increase your range of motion.
Don’t dismiss a foot and ankle injury just because it happens during a family football game. You don’t have to be a pro football player to suffer a serious injury. You may have a more serious injury than you think.
If you suffer from foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi about your foot and/or ankle needs.