alex-morganAlex Morgan has been out of playing rotation for the Portland Thorns since the beginning of 2014 due to a stress reaction in her ankle. However, the injury actually started out as a sprain Morgan sustained last October.

The striker wasn’t bothered too much by the condition and decided to keep playing on it. But over time it got worse, and now she needs an additional month or two off the field in order for it to heal. "The longest injury I've been out for is my ACL," Morgan said. "Now this is creeping up as one of the longest injuries I've ever been out for. It's really hard."

Ankle sprains can range in severity and sometimes require professional medical treatment. To learn more about ankle sprains, call podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti will teach you about what causes this type of injury and help you do all that you can to prevent it.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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