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.
Unexplained foot fractures may be the first sign of osteoporosis, a bone thinning disease which affects more than 28 million Americans and accounts for 1.5 million bone fractures a year.
According to Allentown foot and ankle surgeon Raymond A. Fritz Jr. DPM, FACFAS, osteoporosis is frequently referred to as the "silent crippler" since it often progresses without any symptoms or isn't diagnosed until a person experiences pain from a bone fracture.