Sprained Ankles Need to Be Taken Seriously

The most recent wicked winter weather that blew through the region left mounds of snow and ice on streets and sidewalks, and a concern is that the wet, icy residue could send people sprawling as they try to dig out and get back to their regular routine. Sprained ankles are common injuries caused by slips and falls in the winter and sports injuries throughout the year. When someone sprains their ankle, they typically experience pain (especially on the outside of their ankle), swelling, bruising and may have difficulty bearing weight on that foot, explains Geoffrey Phillips, MD, orthopedist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. There are about one million people who go to physicians because of their sprained ankles, Dr. Phillips says. More than 40 percent of those ankle sprains later lead to more severe issues.

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