Trauma to the foot and ankle region is extremely common. You don’t have to be extremely active to experience painful sprains, fractures and tears. Women over the age of 30 and men between 15- to 24-years old are the most susceptible to ankle sprains. Around 50 percent of sprains occur during physical exercise or athletics. Approximately 25,000 people in the United States sprain their ankle every day, leading to over 1 million emergency room visits per year.SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Ankle injuries are caused by damage to the bone, ligament or tendon where three structural bones intersect: the tibia and fibula (lower leg) and talus (foot). Ligaments within the ankle joint keep these bones connected with strong elastic bands of tissue that provide a range of motion and support. Meanwhile, tendons attach muscles to the bones to help stabilize the joints and allow your ankle and foot to move on command.
Ankle injuries have many causes, but are often the result of tripping, falling, awkward landings, uneven surfaces, sudden impact, twisting or rolling. Symptoms include sudden and severe pain, swelling, bruising and/or inability to walk or stand.
If you suffer an ankle sprain, surgery is not usually required unless in cases of severe damage.
Tendon injuries are treated with casts or splints, activity braces, physical therapy and possibly surgery.
First-aid immediately following ankle injuries follows the R.I.C.E method (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Do not put any weight on your ankle until the area has been properly evaluated by a medical professional. You may use over-the-counter medication to relieve pain, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to help reduce inflammation and reduce discomfort. Overlooking fractures and sprains and letting them heal without a physician’s guidance may lead to repeated injury, arthritis or general weakness.
It is not self evident that all feet and all foot surgeons are created equally. The cosmetic and functional procedures we perform require mastery over an extensive set of skills that take years to develop.
So when you need to keep your best foot forward, make sure that it goes in that direction only and contact our caring, experienced and thoroughly prepared staff at Jaws Podiatry.
Final thought about feet: The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art- Leonardo Da Vinci