Ankle Injuries and Foot

 

Common foot and ankle injuries may include a broken bone, a dislocation, a sprain, an infection, a cut, or a contusion. If you’ve sustained an injury to your foot or ankle remember RICE until you can get to your podiatrist. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest the injured foot or ankle by restricting activities, Ice the injury with a 20 minute on, 40 minute off pattern, lightly wrap the injury with a compression bandage, and finally Elevate the injured foot or ankle to reduce pain and swelling. If your injury is bleeding, cleanse the area well, apply pressure to stop bleeding if possible, and cover with a clean dressing until you can see your podiatrist. If the bleeding is persistent and cannot be stopped, go to the emergency room for immediate care

Common misconceptions prevent many from getting immediate attention for foot or ankle injuries. Some of these include assuming a bone is not broken if it can be moved, not seeking care for a broken toe because nothing can be done for it, simply using an elastic bandage for a sprained ankle, and finally assuming that a fracture, a break, and a crack are all different when in fact they all describe a broken bone. Each of the above should be addressed by a podiatrist immediately