Two time professional champion of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Julianna Hough is hitting her stride after tearing a ligament in her foot several months ago. She’s now back to her regular exercise regime. For someone who is on their feet a lot and puts them through rigorous workouts, it’s important to be fully healed before more stress and strain on their most valuable asset.

Most likely Ms. Hough had a severe ankle sprain along with her torn ligament. There are three ligaments in your ankle; they act like rubber bands connecting one bone to another and binding the joints together. In the ankle joint they provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement. Ligaments are usually torn as a result of a severe injury such as a sudden twist or a blow to the foot and ankle that puts in out of alignment.

Regardless, as your Seattle podiatrist need to let you know that if you’ve sustained an ankle sprain it’s essential to have it checked out and treated as soon as possible. I recommend applying the RICE protocol, to reduce swelling. Once I examine the sprain and you’ve had an X-ray, I’ll make further recommendations so that you can begin the healing process. Usually treatment can be accomplished using more conservative methods. However serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.

Call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City right away at 206-368-7000 if you’ve sustained an ankle injury and we’ll try to get you in same day.

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