March Madness® – Ankle Issues on the Hardwood

The Final Four® was set yesterday between matches in San Antonio and Newark, NJ.  Whose bracket could have predicted all of the upset wins this year?  For only the third time since seeding began, there are no number one seeds in the Final Four®.   Next weekend the Madness comes to an end over there in Houston with Butler (8) playing VCU (11) and Connecticut (3) playing Kentucky (4).  No #1 or #2 teams left!  While college basketball has the focus of the sports world for a little longer, we thought it would be a good time to discuss some ankle problems that can occur.

Ankle injuries are typically a result of trauma or overuse and often affect the ligaments on the outside of your ankle but sometimes those on the inside.  This makes it important to wear the proper footwear for you activity.  Basketball shoes are designed to help prevent some of these injuries by sitting higher up on the ankle.  These shoes also contain extra cushioning on the sole to protect the ankle and its ligaments.  While the proper shoes cannot completely protect against a twist or sprain to the ankle, it can help to prevent more extensive injury.  These traumatic events are considered acute ankle injuries.  Remember to implement the RICE principle in order to minimize any injuries before making an appointment at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists if these accidents occur.

The other types of ankle injury are not likely to be found in the NCAA® athlete.  The overuse injury, or chronic injury, is the type more likely found in the weekend warrior.  Lack of conditioning or jumping right into a new activity without proper stretching and preparation can lead to strains and weakening of the ligaments that support your ankle.  Your body requires a lot of movement and support out of your ankles so be sure to treat them right.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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