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Don't Let Ankle Sprains Keep You on the Sidelines

Expert insight from Webster Orthopedics surgeon, Dr. Edward Y. Tang



Dr. Edward Y. Tang

Don’t Let Ankle Sprains Keep You on the Sidelines

Expert insight from Webster Orthopedics surgeon, Dr. Edward Y. Tang

An ankle sprain is a very common and easily incurred injury. It is so common that approximately 25,000 people sprain an ankle every day. Webster Orthopedics foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Edward Y. Tang, provides insight on how you can avoid a season-ending ankle sprain.

The ligaments in the ankle hold the bones together and protect the ankle joint from turning, twisting, and rolling. “Most ankle sprains are minor, or Grade 1 sprains, in which the ligament is stretched slightly out of its normal boundaries,” explains Dr. Tang. “A Grade 2 sprain causes a partial tearing of your ligament, while a complete ligament tear is classified as a Grade 3 sprain. However, there are several things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering an ankle sprain.”

In order to avoid an ankle sprain, Dr. Tang recommends performing the following ankle-strengthening exercises on a regular basis:

Ankle Circles: Sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you. Move your ankles from side to side, up and down, and around in circles.

Foot Flexes: While sitting with your legs stretched in front of you, flex your feet, pulling your toes back toward your body while keeping your knees straight. Hold for 15 seconds.

Toe Points: While seated with your legs stretched in front of you, point your toes away from your body while keeping your knees straight. Hold for 15 seconds.

In and Out: While seated with your legs stretched in front of you, turn your feet inward as far as you can and hold for 15 seconds. Straighten your legs, then turn your feet outward as far as you can and hold for 15 seconds.

“Performing these exercises will help strengthen the muscles surrounding your ankles, providing protection for those ligaments,” explains Dr. Tang. “However, if you do experience an injury, you should rest, elevate, and ice your injured ankle immediately to reduce the pain and swelling.”

If you experience an ankle injury, it’s important to consult with a doctor to determine your diagnosis and treatment. The foot and ankle doctors at Webster Orthopedics are dedicated to providing experienced, specialized treatment for your bone, joint, or muscle injury or condition.

Since 1939, Webster Orthopedics and its highly trained orthopedic specialists have provided Bay Area residents with excellent treatment and care for virtually every bone, joint, and muscle in the body. Through the practice’s five convenient locations, Webster Orthopedics offers care for sports medicine, spine (neck and back), hand and elbow, shoulder, hip and knee, foot and ankle, joint replacement, fracture care, pediatric and young adult sports medicine, open MRI, high field MRI, hand therapy, sports physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture care, and sports concussion management. Webster Orthopedics proudly serves as the official sports medicine providers for Granada High School and Livermore High School. For more information on Webster Orthopedics and its specialists, visit www.WebsterOrthopedics.com.

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Added: 2017-06-06

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