1. IT CAN’T BE BROKEN BECAUSE I CAN MOVE IT.
False. You can walk with certain kinds of fractures. Common examples include breaks in the smaller, outer bone of the lower leg, small chip fractures of the foot or ankle bones, and the often-neglected fracture of the toe.
2. IF YOU BREAK A TOE, IMMEDIATE CARE ISN’T NECESSARY.
False. A toe fracture needs prompt attention. X-rays will reveal if it is a simple, displaced fracture or an angulated break. Your podiatrist can develop the right treatment plan once he or she has identified the type of break.
3. IF YOU HAVE A FOOT OR ANKLE INJURY, SOAK IT IN HOT WATER IMMEDIATELY.
False. Heat promotes blood flow and can cause greater swelling, which can lead to more pain. An ice bag wrapped in a towel is the ideal temporary treatment before you see your podiatrist.
4. APPLYING AN ELASTIC BANDAGE TO A SEVERELY SPRAINED ANKLE IS ADEQUATE TREATMENT.
False. Ankle sprains often mean torn or severely overstretched ligaments, and they should receive immediate care.
5. THE TERMS ‘FRACTURE,’ ‘BREAK,’ AND ‘CRACK’ ARE ALL DIFFERENT.
False. All of those words are appropriate for describing a broken bone.
REMEMBER, A DELAY IN TREATMENT CAN CAUSE TOE DEFORMITIES AND OTHER PODIATRIC PROBLEMS.
If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury, please contact the Foot And Ankle Center today at (504) 349-6633 or make an appointment online.