Football and Ankle Sprain Prevention
Football is in full force and players and fans alike are making the fall 2013 NFL season very exciting. The hard-hitting tackles, quick superhero-like dashes across the field and fingertip catches are what bring this game to life. These things are also what make the game of football so dangerous. The Dallas Cowboys haven’t escaped injury reports, as many players such as DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and Eric Decker have recently been hit with various injuries.
The ankle in particular is especially at risk in this game, and sprains are common. A sprain happens when the ankle joint is twisted beyond its normal range of motion and can be classified into first, second or third degree sprains. The severity directly impacts type of treatment and recovery time. For a player, both of these components are crucial, not only to a career but also to the future health of the ankle.
Unfortunately, with the way the ankle is designed, once a bad sprain occurs a player is at risk for it happening again. Ligaments that are stretched or torn may not be able to stabilize the ankle as they once could. Prevention of injury is important, especially if you have a history of sprains. Foot specialists Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt help athletes on a regular basis and often suggest using an ankle brace as a means of protection and prevention. It keeps the ankle in a proper position and provides cushioning in a moment of impact. A proper warm up before playing is important, and outside of the game, strength training and balance exercises will help strengthen the ankle and improve its stability.
Whether you play professionally or are a weekend warrior, trust your foot and ankle health in the expert hands of the doctors at Dallas Podiatry Works. We have two locations to serve you – contact us anytime you need treatment or have any questions or concerns. Make an appointment in Dallas, TX by calling (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX by calling (972) 943-3323.