Nothing can keep Richard Sherman down; even an ankle sprain in the 4thquarter of what will go down in history as one of the greatest Superbowl games ever. Our Seattle Seahawks played seamlessly last night. Across city, state, and country the 12thman was ecstatic as the touchdowns kept coming. Lucky for us Sherman has a long time to heal before he is back in the saddle again and thankfully all of our other players came out of this victory unscathed.

Although most of us aren’t going to get pounded by a beefy linebacker, ankle sprains are very common particularly for runners and other athletes. According to the American College of Sports medicine, 25,000 ankle sprains occur daily in the U.S. and more than 80 percent of them are a result of inversion, or inward rolling, of the ankle with poor balance being one of the causes. That should give any of us pause when we start a new sport or we know our ankles may not be in the best shape.

Depending on the type and severity of the pain our Seattle podiatrists treat using a combination of the following:

  • R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation to reduce swelling and pain
  • Immobilization with a walking boot and crutches if needed
  • Use of anti-inflammatories

I also recommend mild bracing and/or wearing footgear that comes above the ankle during the healing process. Physical therapy is also tremendously helpful if a sprain doesn’t heal within 6 weeks and to improve balance for future forays.

Caution: if you sprain your ankle and it turns black and blue get immediate attention.

Otherwise, call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 so we can assist you in beginning the healing process.

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