Football Season Means Sprains

football foot photoThe time has come to put on those jerseys and tune in! Yes indeed, football season is here again. And that means relaxing with friends, catching some great games, and watching athletes compete at the peak of their abilities!

Unfortunately, all of this means watching athletes injure themselves in pretty significant ways, as well. Take the recent high-ankle sprain of the Cleveland Brown’s Myles Garrett, for instance! It looks like Cleveland’s run of bad luck continues, as this injury will certainly put Garrett on the sidelines for the month of September, if not beyond. High-ankle sprains–also known as a ‘syndesmotic’ sprain–take quite a long time to heal.

But what is a high-ankle sprain? And how would you go about healing it?

A syndesmotic sprain is the term for damage sustained to the syndesmotic ligaments. These are located in the part of your leg just above your ankle, which are used for stabilizing your leg and foot while walking or running. Unlike the more common sprains, which happen when your foot rolls inwards and strains lower ligaments, syndesmotic sprains happen when the mechanism of your ankle rolls outwards. This causes the ligaments above your ankle to over-stretch, and possibly tear.

Sounds like a bad time, right? Well, if you’re diligent, you can prevent a lot of the damage from getting worse! We’ve talked about the RICE method before, but in case you missed it, here’s a quick run-down.

A quick run-down of RICE

RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. As a first-response to sprains, it’s the best bet! Keeping weight off of the leg, reducing–but not eliminating–blood flow to prevent swelling and inflammation, and keeping the injury stable are all great ways to keep it from getting worse. In fact, RICE is standard practice for sports injuries, as well as any other foot and ankle related incident.

With any luck, the support staff for the Browns were on Mr. Garrett’s injury in a flash. Depending on the response and the severity of the injury, the sprain may keep Mr. Garrett on the sidelines from anywhere between a few days to a number of months. According to sources, he certainly won’t be playing in any games for the month of September! It’s important to keep these injuries from getting any worse, which means giving them time to recover.

Foot and ankle injuries are serious business. If you’re worried that you may have sustained a foot or ankle injury–from a rolled ankle to a high-ankle sprain–make sure to contact us today for a consultation. Treatment is the first step to recovery. And for Mr. Myles Garrett, we hope he gets the treatment he needs to play against the Jets when October comes around!

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