Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the Lehigh Valley.
It's also ankle sprain season. Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries I treat this time of year.
As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer.
Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it's their first sprain or their fifth.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can reduce swelling and pain until the ankle can be evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon.
A sprain may not always be a sprain; the ankle could be fractured.
Many athletes develop chronic ankle instability from repeated ankle sprains, causing their ankle to frequently "give way."
In some cases these players may require surgery.
Proper rehabilitation of an ankle sprain reduces the likelihood of developing chronic ankle instability.
The following are three spring ankle sprain prevention tips from FootHealthFacts.org:
·Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.
·Wear the right shoes for the sport. Don't wear running shoes for sports involving a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball; and
·Wear an ankle brace if you're recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle.
For more information, contact Drs. Raymond Fritz, Lora Baker, Ann Anderson, Randy Smargiassi or Crystal Gonzalez at Allentown Family Foot Care, 1633 N. 26th St., South Whitehall Township; 2100 Hanover Ave., Allentown; Route 145 (Best Avenue) and Spruce Street, Walnutport; or 101 S. Main St., Coopersburg.
All locations may be reached by calling 610-434-7000.