Ankle Sprain Season

Spring is ankle sprain season in Westmoreland County.

(Greensburg, PA) Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the area. It's also ankle sprain season for one area foot and ankle surgeon.

Todd A. Cindric, DPM, AACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Greensburg and Jeannette, says ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries he treats this time of year.

"As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer," he says.

Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it's their first sprain or their fifth. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can reduce swelling and pain until the ankle can be evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon. A sprain may not always be a sprain; the ankle could be fractured.

Dr. Cindric notes that many athletes develop chronic ankle instability from repeated ankle sprains, causing their ankle to frequently "give way." In some cases these players may require surgery. Proper rehabilitation of an ankle sprain reduces the likelihood of developing chronic ankle instability.

Cindric shares three spring ankle sprain prevention tips from

1. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.

2. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don't wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball.

3. Wear an ankle brace if you're recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle. is the consumer Web site of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Cindric is a member of the ACFAS and board qualified in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He earned his podiatric medical degree from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and has been practicing in Greensburg for several years. He recently opened another practice site in Jeannette, PA. Dr. Todd Cinric can be contacted at (724) 832-1000