Spring is Ankle Sprain Season

April 9, 2015

Minden, LA April 2015 - Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the Minden area. It's also ankle sprain season for one area foot and ankle surgeon.

Stefan Lorincz, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Minden and Springhill says ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries he treats this time of year.  

"As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer," he says.  

Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it's their first sprain or their fifth. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can reduce swelling and pain until the ankle can be evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon. A sprain may not always be a sprain; the ankle could be fractured.

Lorincz notes that many athletes develop chronic ankle instability from repeated ankle sprains, causing their ankle to frequently "give way." In some cases these players may require surgery. Proper rehabilitation of an ankle sprain reduces the likelihood of developing chronic ankle instability.

Dr. Lorincz shares three spring ankle sprain prevention tips from FootHealthFacts.org:

  1. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.
  2. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don't wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball.
  3. Wear an ankle brace if you're recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle.  

FootHealthFacts.org is the consumer Web site of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Dr. Lorincz is a member of the ACFAS and board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He earned his podiatric medical degree from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, IL. Dr. Lorincz can be contacted at Louisiana Foot and Ankle Center at 318-377-5000.