Common Myths About Foot and Ankle Injuries

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 31, 2014 3:00:00 PM

foot_and_ankle_mythsWhen it comes to foot and ankle injuries, there are many misconceptions out there about how and when to treat them. More often than not though, they are left untreated, which is a bad idea because this could lead to future foot problems down the road.

 

Sometimes foot and ankle injuries may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re dealing with the structures that you rely so heavily on day in and day out you want to be sure there aren’t any internal injuries that will give you problems even if your lower extremities feel just fine.

The biggest myth out there about foot and ankle injuries is that you have to live with the pain they cause, and that’s exactly what people do. For some reason, when their feet hurt they are fearful to visit a podiatrist to find the cause of their foot pain. The biggest way to combat this preconceived notion that podiatrists are the bad guys and foot and ankle treatment is scary, is to educate. Check out the article below to learn about some common myths surrounding foot and ankle injuries and the truth you need to know.

 

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Foot Fact or Fiction?

"It can't be broken, because I can move it." This widespread idea has kept many fractures from receiving proper treatment. The truth is that often you can walk with certain kinds of fractures. Some common examples: Breaks in the smaller, outer bone of the lower leg, small chip fractures of either the foot or ankle bones, and the often neglected fracture of the toe.

 

"If you break a toe, immediate care isn't necessary." A toe fracture needs prompt attention. If X-rays reveal it to be a simple, displaced fracture, care by your podiatric physician usually can produce rapid relief. However, X-rays might identify a displaced or angulated break. In such cases, prompt realignment of the fracture by your podiatric physician will help prevent improper or incomplete healing.

 

"If you have a foot or ankle injury, soak it in hot water immediately." Do not use heat or hot water on an area suspect for fracture, sprain or dislocation. Heat promotes blood flow, causing greater swelling and thus greater pressure and pain on the nerves. An ice bag wrapped in a towel has a contracting effect on blood vessels, produces a numbing sensation, and prevents swelling and pain.

 

"The terms 'fracture,' 'break,' and 'crack' are all different." False; all of those words are proper in describing a broken bone.

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The podiatrists at Adler Footcare believe that feel shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. If you have a foot or ankle injury causing you pain, contact us today for a free evaluation.

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