What’s up with my overly emphatic heading, you may be wondering? Well, for those of you not in the know, this month has been marked for National Foot Health Awareness, and this is one of the most crucial messages for which I need to spread said awareness!
So here's the message, loud and clear: never self-treat a suspected foot or ankle injury.
Let me give you an example. 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!