Foot injuries are very common in runners in the Spring. Several factors play into this; the uneven spring ground, increased mileage or days in a row due to the beautiful weather, and even slippery pavement during our April rains. The foot and ankle are the foundation of the body, thus they take the brunt of your weight or force when you stumble and fall. Most commonly, a sprain occurs when we twist our foot inwards causing it to pull, stretch, or (OUCH!) even tear a ligament or tendon.
What are the Causes
Most commonly a slip and a fall or a twisting motion when the foot is on unstable ground.
-Trouble putting pressure or walking on the foot
Is there anything I can try before seeing a doctor?
While we believe early treatment is important, if you are unable to get right to the doctor or urgent care. Think of the RICE technique.
-Rest the affected area. Stay off the injured foot or ankle until it can be fully evaluated. Do not walk more than the daily necessities and certainly DO NOT EXERCISE or RUN.
- Apply ice to the affected area as soon as possible. Then continue for 10–15 minutes every few hours. This will help decrease the swelling and pain.
-Compression: Wrap an Ace wrap around the affected foot or ankle. The wrapping should be snug, but not so tight as to cut off the blood supply. Your toes should always be pink and you should be able to wiggle them.
- Elevate the affected extremity on a couple of pillows.
How do I know its time to come to see you at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic?
We are podiatrists and we specialize in the care and treatment of the foot and ankle. We see many athletes and we know how important it is to get you back to Running or your sport of choice!
Increasing pain, swelling, bruising, redness, or difficulty walking after an injury are all reasons to seek care sooner rather than later.
How do you Diagnosis it?
You will have a thorough examination of your feet and ankles and a complete medical history. You will also likely have xrays and possibly and MRI or ultrasound to determine the severity of your injury and guide treatment. Its important to do these tests to make sure it isn't a fracture/broken bone or a tear.
How do you Treat it?
Treatment will depend on what your diagnosis is. Often involves immobilization with a walking boot or ankle brace, icing, anti-inflammatory medication and time off your running regimen. Occaissionally, injuries are so severe that surgery or casting is needed.
In the end remember to be smart about your injury, always err on the side of caution and come on in and see one of our doctors at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our goal is always to get you back to activity as soon as possible and we save time in our schedules EVERY WEEKDAY for emergencies just like this!