American tennis star Serena Williams defeated Edina Gallovits-Hall in the Australian Open, despite suffering an ankle injury. “Oh, I’ll be out there, she said. “I mean, unless something fatal happens to me, there’s no way I’m not going to be competing. I’m alive. My heart’s beating. I’ll be fine,” Williams stated, unphased by her injury. She was able to beat Gallovits-Hall that sealed her victory 6-0. Williams has overcome many injuries prior to the Australia Open, where she has already won five titles. She is confident the winning streak will continue.
Ankle injuries can cause athletes to miss important matches, like Williams, depending on the severity. Ankle sprains like Williams should always be treated, regardless of how minor they seem. If you suffer from an ankle sprain, it is recommended to seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates, to ensure that your injury is evaluated properly and the appropriate treatment options are given.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of skin
Is there a Way to 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 are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
- Wearing appropriate shoes
- Stretching before exercise and sports
- Knowing your limits
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