It's nearly summertime and that means yard work, softball, golf and other activities.
It's nearly summertime and that means yard work, softball, golf and other activities. Unfortunately, it also can mean muscle strains and sprains. But when you do have an injury, when do you decide to see your doctor versus treating an injury at home?
Oftentimes patients will try to self diagnose and self treat sprains by utilizing the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) regimen. And if the strain or sprain begins to feel better after a few days, this care was probably all that was needed. But if the pain and swelling persist for more than a few days, it's probably time to seek medical intervention.
Ankle sprains are one of the most frequent and costly sports injuries. In the United States, an estimated 23,000 ankle sprains occur every day. Generally, active people who participate in gardening, golf, softball or recreational walking can experience recurrent sprains.
Some people only think of a sprained ankle as a twisted ankle. But a true sprain involves the stretching and/or tearing of ligaments. The most common type of injury is called an inversion sprain or a lateral ligament sprain. This is when -- instead of landing on the sole of the foot -- your ankle turns so that bottom of the foot faces inwards, and this stretches or tears the connective tissues on the outside of the foot and ankle.
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