Injuries to the foot can be acute meaning sudden onset or chronic which come on gradually often through overuse. Certain athletes, such as dancers, gymnasts, or soccer or basketball players, have an increased risk of toe, foot, or ankle injuries. Older adults are at higher risk for injuries and fractures because they lose muscle mass and bone strength (osteopenia) as they age. Foot or ankle injuries most commonly occur during:
• Sports or recreational activities.
• Work-related tasks.
• Work or projects around the home.
HOW IS FOOT INJURIES DIAGNOSED?
A condition of orthopaedics, foot injuries are diagnosed with a bone x-ray. A thorough physical examination is often enough to diagnose the condition.
HOW IS FOOT INJURIES TREATED?
Minor foot injuries heal on their own with rest and care. For relief from pain a warm compress may be applied. In case of severe pain, pain relieving medicines are given. For bone related injuries, emergency medical treatment is required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Warming up prior to physical activity can prevent ankle sprains and fractures. Wearing proper shoes can help prevent foot injuries.