Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Fippula might be saying goodbye to the game of hockey for the rest of the season. The 29 year old athlete sustained a high ankle sprain after being bumped into by Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw. The incident occurred in the middle of Game 7. After the incident, Fippula had an immobilizer on his left leg.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said recently that the hockey player should be ready for training camp after his injury heals. For now, the athlete is unable to play and the Red Wings suffer a lack of a player on their team.
Getting an ankle sprain like Fippula can be painful, and place you on the sidelines of any activities or sports you take part in. Ankle sprains should always be treated, no matter how minor it may seem. If you have sprained your ankle, seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates to ensure the injury is properly evaluated and 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 the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity
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.
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Novi, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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