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By Dr. Rion Berg
September 20, 2017
Category: sports injuries

As football season gets underway, "he's got a sore ankle....but nothing's broken", will be a common refrain by coaches throughout the land. Our beloved Pete Carroll used a similar phrase to talk about a couple of Seahawk's players this past week.

You may have a young football or soccer player beginning to play as they've returned to middle school and high school. If you do, you should know that a sore ankle could easily be a sprained ankle. It might not sound like such a big deal, but believe it or not sometimes a broken ankle can heal more quickly than a sprain.

But often it's really hard to tell what's going on with an ankle injury until you bring your kid in and our Seattle podiatrist has a chance to evaluate it.

In the meantime, just after the injury it's best to use the RICE protocol to keep down the inflammation and pain. I'm sure even the Seahawks use this technique once they get their player off the field until their team doctor gets a chance to look at it. Here's how to do it.

R= Put them on the couch and let them watch their favorite shows.

I = Ice the affected area 20 min on and 20 min off for the first 48 hours.

C = Use compression by applying an elastic bandage

E= Ensure that the affected ankle is elevated higher than the heart

Once your kid gets to our office, we'll do an X-ray and send them for an MRI if necessary. If your child gets repeated sprains it could result in chronic lateral ankle pain.

For more information about how to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place visit Calling All Soccer Moms for an exhaustive list.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Justin Bieber is in the news again. He claims that a hairline fraction in his ankle was to blame for his shaky behavior during a sobriety test at his previous DUI arrest. He’s been seen wearing a walking boot that I prescribe to my patients who have a broken foot and many other conditions. It seems like lately celebrities have been seen pushing through pain and discomfort and occasionally blaming bad behavior on a foot problem. I frequently put my patients in a walking boot for an ankle fracture, similar to the one worn by Justin Bieber. My usual recommendation is to take it easy even with a walking boot. You don’t want to be seen dancing around a stage with one.  

Although some of my patients are older and have fractured their ankle due to a fall caused by balance problems, most frequently I see ankle fractures in my patients that are active in sports. Like Justin I’ve treated patients for ankle fractures as a result of skateboarding. Although skateboarding has a lot of young aficionados, I more commonly see ankle fractures in patients who run and play team sports.

3 Tips for Preventing Ankle Sprains and Fractures

Luckily there are several things you can do to avoid common sports injuries.

  • Avoid irregular surfaces – it’s easy to twist an ankle and fall when you are unfamiliar terrain; stick to flatter surfaces.
  • Buy new running shoes – see previous post about buying new shoes
  • Stretching – extremely important particularly for those with tight calf muscles-- stretching can help prevent you from turning your foot into a position that could throw off your balance.

If you do incur a foot injury after following these tips, come in to see us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City so we can evaluate what’s going on and help you on your way to healing. We can be reached for an appointment at 206-368-7000 or online.