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Ankle Sprain: The Relentless Specter of Basketball Ankles- Ankle Sprain Treatment _____________________________________________________________________________________

By John-

You might think that high contact sports and sports with excessive running/hard contact with the ground such as football, track and field, and soccer are the biggest culprits of ankle sprains, but each of these only account for less than 10% of ankle sprains in the U.S. Basketball leads the pack by leaps and bounds at 41% and over 2 billion dollars is spent on treating those injuries annually.An ankle sprain is nothing more than tiny tears in the ligaments, which leads to bruising and swelling, making it difficult to put weight on the joint; most of the time, a sprain occurs when the foot rolls unnaturally inward or outward.

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Some studies show that ankle braces help prevent sprains, while other studies are inconclusive regarding the prevention of injuries while playing sports. Obviously, the effectiveness of wearing ankle braces to prevent sprains depends on the person, the activity, the frequency of play and many other variable factors, but there is also no evidence that says a player is at risk for injury as a result of wearing a preventative ankle brace, so really there is no harm in a little precaution.

If you have a fully healthy ankle, you don't need a full-fledged ankle brace; even just wearing an ankle sleeve can provide enough support through compression to help with balance and control. An ankle sleeve can be as simple as an ace bandage wrapped correctly or as elegant as a neoprene ankle sleeve

that is washable and reusable. For those who tend to get a lot of sprains, a neoprene sleeve is a better option because it is easier to slip on than taking the time to wrap an ace bandage each time before play. It also breathes better than an ace bandage.

Now, even an ankle sleeve can't prevent every sprain, so what do you do when the inevitable happens and the sprain specter strikes? First, you need to identify the seriousness of your sprain. A mild sprain may cause a little swelling, a small amount of tenderness near the affected area, and usually you are able to put weight on it without having too much discomfort. A moderate sprain is when the ligament is partially torn; moderate to severe swelling will ensue, discoloration of the affected area will occur, and it will be difficult or impossible to bear full weight on it without extreme pain. A severe sprain will immediately swell and the discoloration will be quick and pronounced, and bearing weight on the ankle will be too painful.

Any ankle sprain treatment should start with RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), but the type of ankle brace you use for compression will vary based on the severity of the sprain. Most mild sprains can be treated with an ankle sleeve or ace bandage. Most of these neoprene ankle sleeves can fit quite comfortably inside your shoe as you walk or continue playing sports. Mild sprains may take 1-3 weeks for full recovery.

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I have witnessed, treated and even experienced more than my share of ankle injuries to be able to call myself an expert on this subject. In...