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Ankle sprain season underway

Ankle sprain season underway
Ankle sprain season underway
Dr. Josh Hill

For many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the Southern Indiana area, ankle sprains are commonly associated with this time of year.

Dr. Josh Hill, a foot and ankle surgeon in Corydon, said ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries he treats 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/softball, tennis and soccer,” he said.

Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it’s their first sprain or their fifth. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) 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.

Hill noted that 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.

Hill shared three ankle sprain prevention tips from FootHealthFacts.org:

1. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.

2. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don’t wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball.

3. Wear an ankle brace if you’re recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle.

FootHealthFacts.org is the consumer website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Hill is a member of the ACFAS and board certified. He earned his podiatric medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and has been practicing in Corydon for more than a year now. Hill can be called at 812-734-3800.

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