Los Angeles Dodgers player A.J. Ellis had all the reason to smile. When his team won, Ellis went to congratulate fellow teammates Josh Beckett. Unfortunately, Ellis slipped on a teammate’s facemask and wound up rolling on his ankle as he ran towards Beckett. Ellis was diagnosed with an ankle sprain and is currently DL.
"I wanted to be a part of it. It's a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened," Ellis said. "Rolled it pretty good. I'm beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked." A Dodgers catcher will be taking Ellis’ place until he recovers.
Ankle sprains can strike an athlete out of the game. If your foot or ankle is sprained, call podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.Dr. Tedesco can treat your foot and ankle needs.
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
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast.
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