soccer jugglingIt’s time for another season of soccer, field hockey, football, and cross-country, which means it’s officially sprained ankle season.

Have you ever made a cut too sharply on the soccer or field hockey field that resulted in you turning your ankle? Have you ever fell awkwardly while playing football and twisted your ankle?

If you have ever played a sport, then you have most likely experienced a sprained ankle at some point in your life.

Sprained ankles occur when you land awkwardly on your ankle and roll it or twist it in a fashion that results in excruciating pain. Although sprained ankles are classified as non-serious sports injuries, they make it nearly impossible to return to sports for several days. A sprained ankle is catalyzed by a motion in which the ligaments that stabilize ankle bones are stretched beyond their normal range of motion.

Preventative measures taken against sprained ankles include taping the ankles, stretching and wearing high-topped athletic shoes. However, it’s virtually impossible to avoid spraining an ankle while competing in a sport. Even professional athletes, who have access to expert sports trainers and state-of-the-art equipment, sprain their ankles all the time. Essentially, if you play sports, you’ll eventually sprain an ankle. Therefore, it’s important to have a plan in place for when you finally end up spraining an ankle.

Here at AFC Urgent Care Saugus, we diagnose sprained ankles by administering our patients a medical evaluation or, if necessary, an X-Ray. Then we treat sprained ankles by providing a splint, which helps stabilize the ankle. In more serious cases, our expert medical staff can prescribe medication if the pain proves too severe.

For walk-in sprained ankle treatment, visit us at AFC Urgent Care Saugus any day of the week. For more information, call us at 781.233.1000. We look forward to getting you back onto the field!