Ever sprain your ankle? You’re definitely not alone. It’s one of the most common foot and ankle injuries—or injuries of any type, for that matter. Ankle sprains are frequently experienced not only by athletes of all ages, but also non-athletes who happen to take an unlucky step off a curb or into an unexpected depression, or twist a foot while wearing high heels.
It’s tempting to confuse “common” with “not serious,” and when it comes to sprains many people do. Plus, you’re a busy person! So it’s not surprising that many people are back on their feet working, running, or playing sports well before the injury has had a chance to heal properly.
Well, we have some advice for you: don’t shrug off an ankle sprain! Make an appointment with our office and get the help you need. Here are some of the big reasons why:
- Ankle sprains that don’t heal properly are more likely to be injured again. Your ligaments need time to repair themselves, and then you’ll need time to rehab the ankle back to full strength and health. Completing the full treatment process as directed will usually leave your ankle as strong and healthy as it was before the injury, but skimping on care can leave you vulnerable.
- A history of frequent sprains, especially those not treated properly, can contribute to chronic problems. Most notably, ligaments may permanently loosen and lose their strength, and that can mean ongoing wobbliness and ankle instability. You’re more likely to topple and fall, and more likely to get injured again. Furthermore, repeated injuries to the joint can trigger post-traumatic arthritis, even years after the initial injury.
- There may be more wrong with you than just a sprain. More than once we’ve had someone come to the office complaining of a sprain that just won’t heal, only to discover a fracture lurking underneath. Best not to take chances—get an evaluation so you know what you’re dealing with and take the necessary steps to treat it. Underestimating the problem can easily make it worse in the long run.
We know you have places to go and things to do, but trust us—in the long run, you’ll be glad you got the assistance you needed to deal with your ankle sprain. with Associates in Podiatry today. Call (609) 924-8333 to reach our Princeton, NJ office, or dial (908) 687-5757 for Roselle Park.