Ankle sprain Kennewick
Ankle Sprains in fall sports
As the summer winds down and the kids go back to school, many youth begin or resume school sports participation. Make sure to get your sports physical done by your primary care physician or by your orthopaedic surgeon or PA. Also, following a few simple tips can help prevent foot and ankle injuries.
An ankle sprain is the most common orthopedic injury in America. They are most common in sports that require cutting and pivoting movements, such as football and soccer. Cross-country athletes are also at risk as they run on uneven surfaces. Athletes involved in court sports such as volleyball and basketball are also susceptible. Make sure to “warm up” before sports participation and include stretching. Wear an ankle brace if you are prone to ankle sprains and make sure you have good fitting footwear and lace them up appropriately. Make sure to stretch again after exercise to prevent cramping. This is especially important for the calf muscle. If you do sustain an injury, make sure to ice it right away and get follow-up to ensure that it is not fractured.
Following these simple tips can help ensure that you are at the top of your game and able to participate all season.
FAUSTIN R. STEVENS, MD
Board Certified & Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Tri-Cities – Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Washington