Oh, hello, friends. I am glad to meet you again. Right now, please remember, did you have any injuries? Well, just accidentally received or during work, perhaps training? Why do I ask … The theme is just this today: “What to do when stretching the ligaments of the foot.” Quite interesting, I believe, and therefore I’ll tell you everything that will help you understand the reasons for getting this injury, as well as ways to counter it.
It is not uncommon for our joints to be subjected to heavy loads, and this can lead to certain problems. One of these problems is stretching ligaments, because the ligaments are part of the joints. It is noteworthy, but a stop (or ankle) is a place where the muscles of the legs do not receive their dose of trauma when the ligaments are stretched. Although in all other cases this happens. Apparently, this is a certain feature of our body, structure. So why do stretch stops occur “very often”?
There are several reasons for getting a partial ligament rupture. As you have already understood, when stretching, the ligaments are broken only partially, but this is enough to get a bunch of problems, inconveniences or limitations (for example, in training).
The first and most common cause is sudden “crashes” of our body: falls, unnatural bending of joints, stroke and the like. It is because of such unforeseen and unpleasant situations that a person has to suspend himself in almost all physical activities – work, sport, walks, hobbies. The reason for the reason (if I may say so) … okay, I’ll say it differently. A prerequisite for the cause may be uncomfortable shoes, walking or running on an uneven or slippery surface.
The second reason is the instability of the joints. That is, perhaps earlier a person had already received similar stretches or more severely injured the lower leg, which subsequently later again led to stretching.
Another reason may be the initial weakness of the ligaments (congenital or acquired due to low mobility of the person). If a person sits at home more, does not go much, then it is not surprising that stretching the foot for him is a common thing.
Another fact is that with frequent such stretches a guy (or girl) can not feel such symptoms as pain, swelling, discomfort in movement. Well, behold, I ran a little forward, and “merged” several symptoms of sprain.
Symptoms of “own person”
In the first few times, the stretching of the ankles can have a whole range of symptoms at once, and later only a few (well, I mentioned this a little earlier).
With very strong stretches, there may be acute pain (constant or with support on the injured leg), swelling of the entire joint, bruising (bruising or internal bleeding without damaging the skin), severe discomfort and pain in the leg, significantly reduced amplitude of joint movement (when you do not You can move the foot in the same way as before), instability of the joint (when you can stretch the same leg once again after stretching, for example).
Less severe stretching can do without acute pain (only a small aching), without swelling, without bruising, but with some inconvenience when walking and with the possibility of re-receiving the same injury.
People who have sprained ligaments of their feet are a common thing, as a rule, do not experience any great difficulties due to trauma. They generally can not attach importance to this, without feeling any pain, not seeing swelling or blushing of the skin. But all this does not mean that you do not need to heal or at least strengthen the ankle joints.
The very frequency of stretching indicates that the ligaments are weak and require attention.
In short, the symptoms can all manifest themselves in different ways, and this depends on the degree of trauma to the legs. Someone is more lucky and he will forget about the incident in a couple of minutes, and someone will have to tinker with his feet for several weeks before they begin to function properly. In any case, stretching the ligaments is not a minor scratch from the claws of a domestic cat.
What to do in this case
If you are not lucky, and you still stretched (torn) your ligaments, the first thing you need to do is sit down and relax the “emergency” leg.
Since my blog on sports, it is logical to assume that this unpleasant situation happened in the gym, fitness club, sports complex or other similar wellness institution.
So, you sat down and unloaded your damaged leg. Next you need to find something cold.
Ideal option would be ice. Since in a more or less normal gym there are refrigerators with chilled drinks, you can attach them to the stretching place.
If you are dealing with ice, then do not apply it directly to the surface of the skin – first wind your foot with a towel, and then lay ice.
The next step is to fix the lower leg. Suitable tight bandage or elastic bandage. Do not overtighten: the dressing should sit tightly, but not too tightly to not squeeze the blood vessels.
I advise after that if the case is serious (with swelling, bruise and acute pain) and “smells of kerosene”, immediately stop exercising and go home. If you continue, you do not know what it will turn out for you. “Miser pays twice”. Do not go home on foot: for the joint is now important peace. It is better to call a taxi or ask a friend (loved one, relative) to pick you up.
Arriving home, take a reclining position, in which the injured leg will be slightly higher than your chest (heart). A smaller blood flow will somewhat reduce the swelling of the leg.
You can walk without limp in 2-3 weeks with due care and rest. It is important that you see the doctor, and prescribed everything necessary for recovery. If you decide to do it, then my advice to you is – do not load the ankles, for now.
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