Miss America Contestant Faints After Twisting her Ankle

Beauty queen Kiaraliz Medina fainted from pain after twisting her ankle backstage during the competition’s question and answer segment of Miss America. Medina later introduced herself to the audience with “I’m here to make the crutches look good”. No further injuries or conditions were reported.

If you are suffering from ankle pain, seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. George Costaras of Elyria Foot Clinic, Inc.Dr. Costaras can determine the cause of your pain as well as provide you with treatment options.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.  However, if the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required. 

If you have suffered a previous sprain, you may want to consider additional support, such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Elyria, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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