Our poor Seahawks just can’t seem to catch a break this season. With the pressure of having to defend their title and multiple injuries among their players, it’s making it difficult for them to rebound to get into the playoffs. Luke Willson has a sprained knee, Bobby Wagner a toe injury, James Carpenter and Zach Miller have ankle injuries.  The latter may have to sit out this season.

Pete Carroll the ever exuberant Seahawk coach still has the words “Always Compete. Win Forever” on his twitter account. Good ol’ Pete.

What makes ankle injuries so darn nasty?

It really depends on the level of the injury (mild to severe) and what part of the ankle was injured. Ankle injuries can affect bone, ligament, or tendon. You may or may not be an athlete, but ankle injuries can affect anyone. Sports injuries such as the type the Seahawks sustain often run into the severe category due to the level of impact to the feet and ankles when they are playing. Tendons and ligaments can completely tear or rupture; surgery is often required in these situations. Fractures of the bone often take less time to heal.

You can also incur an injury simply by tripping or falling or rolling your ankle. As a Seattle podiatrist, I highly recommend a good sturdy pair of shoes that can prevent your feet and ankles from rolling in or out. Some people will require inserts or orthotics in additional to a sturdy pair of shoes if they have a certain foot type. Also, the higher level of activity the more support you will need. Hikers will need ankle protection as well since rough terrain can more easily lead to an ankle sprain.

As we approach winter with icier conditions, look carefully at the surface you walk on to prevent an fall and injury from occurring.

If you’ve twisted your ankle, you can apply the RICE method and then make an appointment with us to ensure you haven’t sustained additional damage by calling us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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