soccer playerHave you ever played pick-up basketball and twisted your ankle? Have you ever made a quick cut on the soccer pitch and accidentally rolled your ankle on the outside of your foot?

If you live an active lifestyle, chances are you have probably rolled an ankle at least once.

This occurs when you land on your ankle awkwardly, frequently as a result of it being ‘twisted’ or ‘rolled’. Out of all the sports injuries, sprained ankles may be the most common. While the vast majority of sprained ankles are non-serious, they’re almost always excruciatingly painful.

When you sprain your ankle, what happens is that the tissue, or ligaments, that helps hold your ankle bones in place are torn or stretched. Healthy ligaments help restrict the movement of the joints, but when they’re torn, these ligaments get stretched far beyond their healthy range of motion. Essentially, this is the cause of the resulting pain.

While taping your ankles, wearing high-topped sneakers and stretching right before competing in a sport may reduce your chances of spraining an ankle, even professional athletes, who have expert sports trainers and top-of-the-line equipment at their disposal, sprain their ankles all the time. Therefore, it’s inevitable that if you participate in a sport or any other physically strenuous activity, you’re going to sprain an ankle eventually. While some sprained ankles are minor enough that no professional medical treatment is necessary, it’s important to have a go-to source for ankle injury treatment in place.

Here at AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care Worcester, we treat sprained ankles on a walk-in basis. For injured athletes, we can administer an evaluation or X-ray to determine the severity of a sprained ankle. If necessary, our team of board-certified medical professionals can provide a splint to help stabilize the sprained ankle, which helps expedite the healing process. In more severe cases, we can additionally provide medication to help ease the pain.

For walk-in treatment for sprained ankles and other sports injuries, visit us any day of the week – with no appointment necessary! Call us at 508.755.4010 for more information!