As the school year begins so does fall sports. Many students play sports and can possibly be injured when it comes to intense activity. CAMC Teays Valley Hospital’s, Dr. James Cox, discusses what to do in case of an injury, such as an ankle injury.
Ankle injuries can range from anywhere from a minor sprain to a severe sprain to an ankle fracture or to even chronic irritating tendinitis depending upon the injury.
Dr. Cox explains that football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball are the sports that come to mind when he thinks of ankle injuries. For athletes who jump frequently when they are playing a game are at higher risk for ankle inquires and coming down wrong on the tendon or joint.
A few things to think about:
First, go see your doctor or an athletic trainer for them to recognize the injury and to diagnose the injury appropriately and accordingly. The doctor will talk to the athlete about the repercussions of the injury and how to treat it. If the injury is not treated appropriately the injured tendon or joint can become a chronic injury with long-term pain, swelling, or even instability of the joint.
Treatments for an ankle injury:
Combat the inflammation by resting, protecting, and/or immobilizing the joint. A person can also ice and elevate the injury and take anti-inflammatory. Then the next phase of treating an injury is strengthening and rehabilitation for the injury. The timing of the treatment is just as important as the actual treatment itself.
Below is some information that might be helpful in case of an emergency.
Info to Know:
For more information about CAMC’s Orthopedic Services visit camc.org/ortho or you can go to the CAMC Health Information Center – where you can search & read a variety of health & wellness topics, illnesses, and diseases.
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