Do not—I repeat, do not—try to treat a foot injury yourself

Repeat after me: I won't self treat a foot injury!What’s up with my overly emphatic heading, you may be wondering? Well, for those of you not in the know, today (June 3) has been marked as National Repeat Day, a day whose origins are unknown but which can provide endless amounts of silly entertainment.

For those of you who know me, you are familiar with my appreciation of quirky humor, so I thought I’d take the opportunity of a little known holiday (yes, holiday!) to help spread the message of my Houston podiatry practice: never self-treat a suspected foot or ankle injury.

Let me give you an example, an example (that’s my last unnecessary repetition, I promise!) You’ve just jumped up to score a basket in your weekly pickup-game and you’ve come down on your ankle hard. You’re hurting, but you’re pretty sure you can still walk on it. What do you do?

Answer: You see a podiatrist! Even if you are able to walk on a hurt foot, that doesn’t mean it isn’t sprained; it just means you are exacerbating any existing injury by not allowing yourself to receive medical attention. Walking off a suspected injury could make you more susceptible to future injuries down the road (the kind of repetition we’d all like to avoid) while also extending your recovery period.

If you have foot pain after an injury, the best thing to do is to see your podiatrist as soon as possible. The worst that can happen is that you’ll be sent home to rest; the best possible outcome is that you will quickly treat an injury and prevent yourself from experiencing more pain and other serious consequences!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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