The hot weather has everyone outdoors enjoying several summertime activities. It’s a great time to go for a hike, visit the beach, hit the pool, or get involved in numerous sports activities. However, all these things come with a risk. Summer foot and ankle injuries are all too common. Here’s what you need to know to prevent such injuries and make the most of your summer fun.
Foot and ankle injuries can happen with any activity. Sports injuries are especially common. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Broken or sprained ankle
- Broken or sprained toe
- Bruises and contusions
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
Pain is the most significant indicator that something is wrong, but there are a couple of other indications as well, look out for these symptoms:
- Tenderness and sensitivity to touch
- Inability to put any weight on your foot or ankle
WHAT TO DO
First, early attention is extremely important. Do not wait if you believe you’ve injured your foot or ankle. Contact an experienced podiatrist right away to prevent the injury from getting any worse. Meanwhile, there are a few things you can do. When you sustain any foot-related injury, many podiatrists recommend the R.I.C.E. method, which stands for:
Wash and clean the injured area. Apply ice to the area to help with the pain and swelling. Use gauze and firmly wrap your foot or ankle. Finally, use a pillow to keep your foot elevated. If you have any blisters, do not pop them as they act as a barrier to bacterial infections. Don’t use hot water as this will increase the blood flow and can increase swelling and pain.
Most important of all, don’t wait!
For more tips or if you are experiencing any other foot-related issue, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.