soccer playerWith the start of school comes the start of another season of sports. And the arrival of sports means the arrival of another season of sports injuries, typically resulting from in-season sports such as football, soccer, field hockey and cross country.

Every athlete, or active person, can tell you first-hand about their experiences with sprained ankles. It’s simple: if you’ve lived an active lifestyle, you’ve likely suffered an ankle sprain at some point; they’re just one of those injuries that everyone suffers from during their lifetime.

Ankle sprains predominantly occur when you land on the side of your foot or ankle in an awkward way, resulting in your weight pressing against the tissue surrounding your ankle bones. This tissue, or ligaments will stretch and tear, in turn restricting your foot’s normal range of motion. This will result in considerable pain, along with swelling, and in some cases, even bruising. While ankle sprains may feel like season ending injuries, they’re typically non-serious and will often heal in just a matter of days.

Even professional athletes, with their highly-educated training staff and state-of-the-art equipment will suffer from ankle sprains. Some preventative measures that athletes often take that you can implement as well, include wearing high-topped shoes, taping your ankles and thoroughly stretching prior to working out. However, ankle sprains are virtually impossible to prevent. This means that if you’re an athlete, or have a child who’s an athlete, it’s important to have a go-to destination for medical care when you or your child suffers the inevitable ankle sprain.

We at AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care Southcenter treat ankle sprains all season long – all on a walk-in basis. To determine the severity of the sprain, our staff may administer a medical evaluation or even an x-ray. For treatment, we may also provide our patients with a splint, which can be used to help stabilize the injury. In more severe cases, our staff can additionally prescribe medication if the injury proves too debilitating to cope with.

For walk-in ankle sprain treatment, visit us at AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care Southcenter any day of the week – with no appointment necessary. For more information, call us at 425.291.3300.