Unfortunately for American football player Dee Milliner, who plays for the New York Jets, his season ended abruptly after suffering a high ankle sprain. The NFL player now faces four to six weeks off the field and on the bench to recover. Official details of the diagnosis are yet to be announced; however, the injury’s severe swelling indicates a Grade 2 sprain.
The athlete will unfortunately not partake in the Jets’ first game of the regular season to ensure full recovery from his injury. Most likely covering for Milliner during this period will be cornerbacks Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster. “We feel confident that it’s healing nicely,” commented Jets coach Rex Ryan on Milliner’s condition.
Sprained ankles will typically heal correctly when left alone, but sometimes professional help is needed. If you are seeking assistance with a sprained ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Neal Mozen, D.P.M. of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.
How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?
Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Skin discoloration
How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.
- Wearing appropriate shoes
- Stretching before participating in physical activity
- Knowing your limitations
Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity. Many times people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Southfield, Novi, and Livonia, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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