Most people think that ankle injuries are mainly caused by sport related activities, but that’s not always the case. 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day in the United States and although sports are a huge contributor, there are other causes where a simple misstep can create an injury. Ankle fractures or sprains are the most common ankle injury. Fractures can happen from tripping, falling, landing awkwardly after a jump and walking on uneven surfaces. The list could go on, but you probably get the gist of how a fracture can occur.
An ankle injury is defined by the kind of tissue that is damaged; the bone, ligament, or tendon. To make sense and decipher between the different types of ankle injuries, Dr. Harvey Danciger gives the correct injured ankle terminology for a step or landing gone wrong.
- A fracture occurs when there is an actual break in one or more of the bones.
- A sprain describes the damaged ligaments that are stretched beyond their normal range of motion.
- A strain refers to the damage done to muscles or tendons that are connected to bones or muscles, which result from being pulled or stretched too far.
- Muscle strains can occur in two tendons of the ankle which stabilize and protect the ankle from damage. These tendons can become inflamed when overused or from trauma, which can result in tendonitis.
- Acute tears result from trauma or repetitive activity where tendons can slip out of place, or create a condition called tendonosis from being overstretched.
Since ankle injuries are such a common occurrence, it’s important to keep foot care tips in mind. Use these tips to help lessen your risk of an ankle injury happening to you.
- Wear supportive shoes. A proper fit shoe that provides your feet with support is critical to protect your ankles while doing any type of physical activity.
- Spend time stretching your feet. Stretching to warm up your muscles is just as important to be applied on your feet in order to maintain flexibility and strengthen foot muscles as well.
- Be cautious. Make sure you are aware where your feet are landing and be cautious not to outdo what your body is physically capable of.
Don’t let ankle injuries keep you off your feet! For more information, contact our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger. Let us help you protect and maintain your ankle and foot health.