Sprained ankle - Cricket Injuries

Causes of sprained ankles

Sprained ankles are common in cricket, especially amongst fast bowlers who are more likely to stretch the ligaments when the foot is planted during the bowling action. The ankle may give way under the pressure when the foot lands or may twist if the foot doesn’t land properly.

Symptoms of a sprained ankle

The most common symptoms include a feeling of weakness in the joint, tingling pain, swelling and bruising (this may take several hours to develop). Movement will be restricted if the ankle is sprained and the ankle may be unable to bear weight if the sprain is more serious.

Treating a sprained ankle

Common treatments involve resting and elevating the affected ankle and applying ice to the area; this will help to reduce swelling. Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relief may also be given to control pain and further decrease swelling. In severe cases, where the ligament has been torn or the ankle has been fractured, surgery may be necessary and an athlete may need crutches; this will prevent the ankle from bearing weight. A cast may be worn to stabilise the joint.

Preventing a sprained ankle

Some cricketers wear ankle supports to give the ankle extra protection. Extensive stretching will help to warm up the muscles prior to a game and prevent injury from occurring during a match. Physiotherapy will help to increase flexibility in the joint and make it more resistant to injury. It is important to wear suitable, supportive footwear; this will help to protect the ankle and the feet.

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