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Posts for tag: Ankle sprains

By Advanced Podiatry
November 18, 2015
Category: Foot Tips
Tags: Ankle sprains  

You love playing basketball; don't let an ankle injury take you out of the game. These four tips from your podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry of Huntington in Roslyn will help you prevent an ankle sprain so you can play your best all season long. ankle sprain

1. Wear Proper Footwear

The first and most important method of preventing an ankle sprain is simply to wear the proper footwear. Avoid wearing your worn-out old tennis shoes or shoes that are too tight or too loose, and never play in flip flops or sandals. Instead, invest in a quality pair of athletic shoes that offer great support and that fit just right.

2. Keep the Court Free of Obstacles

Next, make sure you keep all potential tripping hazards away from the court while you play. This includes items such as extra basketballs, jerseys, water bottles, keys and shoes. Watch where you are going, and be sure to look around you before you change directions suddenly. This will help you prevent collisions that would send you to a Roslyn podiatrist.

3. Do Strength Exercises

Basketball uses a lot of muscles, but it doesn't use all of them. Keep all of your muscles in shape by performing a variety of strength training exercises, particularly ankle strengthening exercises, during your work-out time. This will help ensure that the muscles in your foot and ankle are able to support you if you land on them wrong.

4. Wear an Ankle Brace

If, despite your routine workouts, your ankle still feels weak, you may want to consider taping your ankle or wearing an ankle brace. Ankle braces provide a little extra stability that can really come in useful during a game. A brace may slow you down, but that is much better than having to be taken out of the game altogether due to an injury.

If you're ready to make this basketball season your best one yet, you need to make sure your ankles are up for the challenge. Follow these four tips and follow up with your podiatrist at Advanced Podiatry of Huntington in Roslyn if you have any questions or concerns. We would be happy to hear from you.

By Advanced Podiatry
November 10, 2015
Category: Sports Injuries

Ankle Sprains: When You Least Expect Them

Dr. Alison D. Croughan, DPM
 
After Ankle SprainCoaches spend hours reviewing game tapes, organizing warm up drills and conditioning their players; however, no matter how prepared an athlete or team may be, similar to the pros, not all sports injuries can be prevented. Some injuries are the result of poor shoe gear, game conditions, uneven playing fields, some are just accidents and some many be due to poor biomechanics or structure of the foot/lower leg. One of the most common athletic injuries in my opinion is an ankle sprain/strains. 
 
Ankle Sprain X-Ray 1
Ankle sprains occur when the foot strikes the ground at an uneven angle, is kicked or stepped on by another player or the result of a fall from loss of balance.
 
Being an athlete myself I am no stranger to training, practicing and injury. Playing basketball and volleyball for many years I dubbed myself the "Queen of Ankle Sprains."
 
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Last winter I was at the gym working out with a small group of other "former athletes." At the conclusion of each session a challenge would be proposed involving weight lifting, core conditioning, running and obstacles.  One of the trainers suggested we video tape the competition to post on social media. I offered to "run and grab my phone" and those were the famous last words uttered before I slipped on the wet staircase and rolled my left ankle. 
 
Lauren Bailey DPT
I immediately knew I had done damage. Within the hour my ankle was twice the size of the opposite limb, bruised and I could not bear weight. 
 
I went to our Huntington office location where I would be seeing patients and added myself to Dr. Vieira's patient schedule.. After an X-ray was ordered and a thorough evaluation was performed I was placed in a cam walker (removable cast boot), an ice/compression machine was ordered and I was instructed to take anti-inflammatories and to modify my activity level - i.e. REST.
 
Ankle Sprain
After about three weeks in a cam walker I was then prescribed physical therapy. I sought out the care and expertise of Professional Physical Therapy in Roslyn and began an at home regimen to increase strength, decrease swelling and improve upon the fatigue that often results from immobilization. 
 
My patients thoroughly enjoyed our matching cam walkers and soon I was able to relate to their discomfort and frustration. I often tell my patients that we are all human (even though sometimes we forget), accidents and injuries do happen and we all must work together to achieve optimal health. Six weeks after my injury I was back to working out on a regular basis in an ASO lace up ankle brace pain free.
 
Ankle Sprain Brace Advanced Podiatry HuntingtonAt Advanced Podiatry state of the art patient care is of our utmost importance.  We offer same day, early morning and evening appointments and do our best to get our patients back on their feet as quickly as possible. Ankle sprains can occur on the playing field, at the gym, walking out to your car or even down a flight of stairs.  If you or a loved one suffers an ankle sprain do not waste time and seek immediate, specialized care in one of our office locations.
 
Please see here for more information on Professional Physical Therapy: http://www.professionalpt.com


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