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Posts for tag: ankle injuries

By Dr. Rion Berg
November 18, 2014
Category: sports injuries

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.

By Dr. Rion Berg
January 25, 2013

Whether you are a soccer mom or grandmother, you should know that your little athlete is at greater risk for foot and ankle injuries.

Here are some of the problems that your young soccer player may encounter:

How you can help prevent them from getting these injuries:

  • Before starting to play bring your athlete for a pre-season physical examination with your doctor
  • Make sure their muscles are in condition for soccer; about a month before they begin to play they should be starting to practice their soccer moves slowly with you or a buddy in order to  build muscle strength and mobility
  • Remind them to drink plenty of water even before they get thirsty
  • Teach them to warm up prior to playing soccer; for example, a slow jog and then muscle stretches
  • Choose athletic shoes made for soccer; also check with your doctor to assess if they have any specific foot issues that might predispose them to foot injuries
  • Replace athletic shoes every six months
  • Teach them to pay attention to their bodies; they should tell you or their coach if they have pain or discomfort
  • Overuse injuries can also occur in young athletes; sometimes they may need to take a substantial break in their activity in order to allow the body to heal properly.

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.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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