Do you want to hear a shocking statistic I read in the New York Times? About 28,000 people get ankle injuries every day in this country, most of them while running or doing other athletic activities. If you spread those injuries across the country, about 560 people in Texas are hurting their ankles every day; as one of the major cities in Texas, there are probably at least 100 Houstonians twisting their ankles today alone. So why aren’t you seeking the help of a Houston podiatrist like me?
For a lot of you tough guys and girls out there, if you haven’t broken a bone, you tell yourself, “It’s just a sprain,” and keep on hobbling through your daily activities, believing you can walk off the pain. Well I’m here to tell you—stop it! The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) just released a new statement, making it clear that ankle injuries should never be taken lightly.
Why? Ankle injuries that aren’t properly treated leave you susceptible to prolonged discomfort, re-injury, chronic disability and even early arthritis. And I have to tell you, home treatments for sprains like RICE—rest, ice, compression and elevation don’t work as well as you might think. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the pain also isn’t the best idea, according to NATA’s new study.
So what should you do if you get an ankle injury? Dr. Thomas W. Kaminski, lead author of the report, tells all you walk-it-off advocates exactly what I have been saying for years: the key to recovering from an ankle injury is to be seen by a podiatrist and have the injury properly diagnosed. That way, we can determine the extent of the damage and the best way to treat it.
So, if you were out playing basketball with the guys and felt an unfortunate twist, don’t keep playing through the pain. Schedule an appointment at Tanglewood Foot Specialists as soon as you suffer an ankle injury to prevent further injury or permanent damage to your ankle or foot.