Did you know Your Foot Doctors can diagnose and treat fractures of the feet and ankles? We may be known for our magic involving disappearing plantar warts and bunions, but we also treat patients with the unfortunate diagnosis of a crack or break in the bone.
These painful missteps can happen with a simple trip or during an intense soccer match. Either way, they can be painful and in many cases, people are unsure as to where to turn for immediate treatment and long-term recovery. An untreated break, after all, can cause long-term deformities, complications with walking, and further pain. In some cases, a broken foot or ankle will require surgery.
How do I know if I have a fractured foot or ankle?
If you’ve fractured your ankle or foot, you will likely experience throbbing or pulsing pain. This pain usually gets worse as you move it or try to walk on it. In addition, you will most likely swell, bruise, and feel tender to the touch. It’s so important to see a podiatrist right away because these symptoms can easily be mistaken for a sprain. Don’t risk it
Are there ways to avoid breaking my foot or ankle?
Wear the right shoes. Skip the stilettos and opt for a shoe that can take you through all terrains. Athletic shoes are ideal for proper foot and ankle support.
According to the Mayo Clinic, if you're a runner, replace your sneakers every 300 to 400 miles. If you cross-train, the Mayo Clinic also advises alternating activities to create more mobility and strengthen muscles surrounding the foot and ankle.
Start any new exercise program slowly. If you jump in too quickly, you’re likely to use your feet and ankles in unfamiliar ways, which can lead to a painful ride home from the gym.
Eat calcium-rich foods and perhaps take vitamin D supplements. This will help nurture and build your bones, which can help prevent breaks.
Watch your step! Keep the legos off the floor. This is never a pleasant experience. And yet, it happens to all of us at some point.
If you have any prolonged pain or discomfort in your foot or ankle, call Your Foot Doctors!