During the Washington Nationals’ recent game against the Marlins outfielder Jayson Werth got a modest hit and attempted to make it to second base. Along the way the ball got passed to the Marlins’ shortstop, who was poised to tag the runner out. As Werth tried to evade him he fell down and landed on his ankle.
Werth’s ankle was clearly sprained, prompting Nationals manager Matt Williams to pull him out of the game. Neither he nor Werth seem to feel that the injury is very severe. Werth claims that he will probably be ready to play again after a few days of rest.
Ankle injuries come in all shapes and sizes. If you think your ankle is sprained, broken, or has any other problem, call podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can diagnose your condition and help you choose from a wide variety of comprehensive treatment options.
What To Know About Ankle Injuries
It is very common to incur an injury to the ankle. As the point of connection from the leg and the foot, the ankle is susceptible to sprains and fractures due to its location. Ankle sprains, the most common ankle injury, occur when the foot is twisted in an unnatural way. This unnatural twisting results in severe pain as a result of inflammation and swelling. This inflammation and swelling comes from fluid leakage into the tissues, which sensitize and place additional pressure on the nerves. Heavy blood flow also occurs, which is why swollen ankles are warm to the touch. Ankle sprains can occur by the following means:
- Sports injuries
- Slipping on stairs
- Walking on uneven ground
While ankle sprains can be minor, if you are experiencing severe pain, bone deformity, loss of sensation or even an inability to walk, it is a sure sign that you require immediate medical attention. X-rays could determine potential fractures. The ankle can experience injury in the joint, tendons, and ligaments. Anytime there is an ankle injury ice should be applied to the injured area in order to reduce inflammation. To reduce pressure, elevate the ankle above the level of the heart and apply an elastic bandage as needed.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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