The ankles and the feet are what keep your body in motion. They are undoubtedly two of the most important parts of your body. Any damage to them would bring the severe discomfort.
How Do Sprains and Fractures Occur?
Sprains and fractures could happen to individuals in daily life, but particularly athletes such as runners, dancers, gymnasts, basketball, and football players. Stumbling on uneven ground or tripping over something could cause sprains or fractures of the ankle and foot. Athletes normally incur injury by twisting their foot, accidentally hitting other players, or striking the ball in a wrong angle.
Commonly, the symptoms of a fracture or sprain are difficulty in walking, bruising, pain and swelling. Sprain is usually caused when the ligaments connecting bones are torn, stretched or pulled. Fractures, though, are formed by breaks in the bone. If you’ve hurt your foot or ankle here are some ways you can prevent the injury from getting worse till it receives medical attention.
First Aid Treatment for Podiatric Injury
The foremost measure to employ is to rest the affected foot. It is important not to aggravate the injury by further using it for activities such as running, walking or games. Ice should be applied to the injured area immediately and the process must be continued for around 20 minutes at regular intervals every four hours. This must be done for 48 hours following the injury since ice can massively help in reducing the inflammation.
Compression is another important step to perform as first aid. The injured foot must be wrapped with an elastic bandage in a snug manner. But it should not be too tight as that would interrupt the blood circulation. Also keep the affected foot elevated on a few pillows. Your foot should be in a position higher than that of your heart which massively helps to decrease swelling.
Podiatric Treatment of Fractures
Serious medical care of podiatric injuries such as fracture involves detailed examination by a podiatrist. Tests such as MRIs, X-rays and ultrasound – available at a reliable healthcare center – will be required to determine the extent of the injury and the positioning of the tear. Unstable fractures would require surgery to fix. Screws and metal plates would be inserted to fix the broken bones. These external devices will have to be removed later, once the bone sets. In the case or ordinary fractures, the podiatrist would look to reduce the condition of the fracture by getting the bone ends lined up. In the case of serious fractures the patient may have to wear cast and also use crutches for movement for a few weeks.
But with advanced and multi-specialty healthcare centers providing services, you would never have to worry about getting the right care for your fracture. So get out there and have fun, but be careful so the cold does not strike you this winter season.