Fall sports are in full swing, and with fall sports often come ankle sprains. Caring for these injuries quickly and correctly is extremely important, especially if you are trying to get back on your feet quickly. One of the most common injuries we see is a sprained ankle. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is dispelling four of the most common myths surrounding this type of injury.
Myth #1: If I can move my ankle, it’s not broken.
In many cases, small fractures can make the injury appear as a simple sprain. In some cases, you can even walk on a broken ankle, even though it is a serious injury. Visit your podiatrist for x-rays and professional advice.
Myth #2: A sprained ankle should always be wrapped in an elastic bandage.
We find that many patients immediately wrap their ankle in an elastic bandage. And while this might temporarily relieve the symptoms, it does not address the underlying strain that has been caused to the tendons and ligaments.
Myth #3: Always soak an ankle injury in warm water.
You should never soak your ankle in warm water as heat elevates blood flow, which will create more pain and swelling. Your best course of action is to apply ice to reduce the swelling.
Myth #4: When the pain goes away, no further treatment is needed.
This is rarely the case – it’s always important to follow your podiatrist’s recommendations concerning ankle injuries. Even though the pain has subsided, therapy is essential to strengthen the muscles and ligaments following an injury.
While a minor sprain may be easy to treat and short-term, the severity of it can range anywhere from mild to serious. If a serious sprain is not treated quickly and properly, it can lead to long-term ankle problems and even recurrent sprains.
If you or your child has recently suffered an ankle injury – don’t hesitate – contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.