Justin Bieber suffered a broken foot last week due to a sports injury that occurred while playing a fun, weekend game of soccer. This type of injury is very common and something we see quite frequently. If you, too, find yourself with a foot and ankle injury, the first thing you should do is call Advanced Foot Care immediately to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists for an evaluation. We can take x-rays or even use our ultrasound machine to diagnose the foot/ankle to see if you have a fracture, break, or sprain.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to foot and ankle injuries.
- Foot mobility; even if your foot is mobile it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear just yet. Depending on the fracture location, you may have good foot mobility and even be able to walk on it.
- Toe injuries. Many people think that if you break your toe nothing can be done. This is also not true. If you are suffering from a toe injury, there are different things that can be done to ensure proper bone alignment for healing. This will derail any deformities that can lead to additional problems such as corns or bunions.
- Applying heat to the injury. Applying heat to a sport injury is never a good idea. Heat promotes blood flow which can create more swelling and pain. In this case, ice should be applied to help prevent any further swelling from occurring.
If you are experiencing a foot or ankle injury, RICE can be of some help. This is not the rice you cook with! Read the acronym below for explanation.
R: Rest-stay off that injury!
I: Ice-Ice the area to prevent swelling and reduce pain.
C: Compression-lightly wrap the area with an ace bandage.
E: Elevation-Keep your foot elevated higher than your waist.