Did you know that it is estimated that 25,000 people every day sustain a sprained ankle and 16,000 people a day experience some other type of foot or ankle injury? At one time or another, nearly everyone has experienced some type of ankle or foot injury.
Common Ankle & Foot Injuries
Apparently, humans are extremely lackluster when it comes to prevention of ankle & foot injuries
. The most debilitating injuries are broken bones and Osteochondral [joint] injuries.
The most common foot and ankle injuries include:
Tendinitis of the Achilles
Heel pain in the sole of the foot
Injuries due to flatfeet – such as torn ligaments, tendinitis and ankle pain similar to sprains
Many people ignore these injuries until they become so severe that walking or standing becomes extremely painful. According to the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey,
, “flatfeet … can affect as much as 50% of the population.” In spite of the fact that so many people have this condition, it is not something to be ignored.
It often results in exaggerating the position of the hips, rotating them out of alignment and displacing the spine if not treated.
Treatment and Care of Ankle & Foot Injuries
The American Podiatric Medical Association
recommends that any time you injure your foot or ankle, err on the side of caution. “If you've injured your foot or ankle, see a podiatrist. He or she can determine the extent of the injury and develop a plan of care…”
In these situations
Elevate the foot as much as possible
Apply ice – the larger the bag the better – to keep the swelling down
Do not put weight on the affected foot
After seeing the doctor, follow his or her instructions and use the compression device recommended for the injury.
Supplies Commonly Used for Ankle & Foot Injuries
Medical devices for ankle & foot injuries have come a long way in the last 15-years.
Manufacturers design specialty braces, compression wraps, supports and splints to help people heal faster and more completely.
Ankle supports for chronic or recurring issues are available in gel surrounds and air surround systems, while ankle wraps are for the occasional injury, such as a sprain
Heel cups and arch supports prevent reinjuring the foot and keep the foot in the correct position
Night splints may be indicated to prevent reinjuring during sleep
Preventative Healthcare for the lower extremities should be taken seriously. Wearing the correct shoes, ankle supports or arch supports help to prevent repeated injuries that could become chronic.