Many UK residents, have experienced some type of slight foot and ankle injury in their lifetime. Whether you sustain a foot and ankle sports injury whilst playing tennis or if you’ve experienced a severe break; foot and ankle injuries are bound to happen. However, when foot and ankle injuries occur, it’s crucial you’re aware of the facts relating to your injury. Unfortunately, there are many foot and ankle injury myths that can result in a person failing to recognise the severity of their injury and failing to receive the correct treatment. So below, are 4 leading foot and ankle injury myths exposed.

  1. WRONG: “If I can move it, then it’s not broken!”

A patient can still walk when sustaining particular types of ankle fractures. Many patients that suffer certain lower leg breaks, minor foot and ankle bone fractures and even toe fractures, can still walk even though they may be in a lot of pain.

  1. WRONG: “You don’t need medical treatment for broken toes.”

If you’ve suffered a toe fracture, then you must receive urgent treatment. A diagnosis is always crucial in helping to identify the severity of a broken toe. Many X-rays will help identify whether you have sustained a fracture or a break. Once we successfully diagnose a patient’s toe break, we can then provide them with the correct care plan based on how severe the break actually is. Many patients who fail to receive the correct diagnosis and treatment can develop further toe related problems later on down the line.

  1. WRONG: “Immediately apply hot water to a foot and ankle injury.”

Did you know that you can experience greater inflammation and pain by applying hot water immediately to an ankle injury? This is true because heat encourages the flow of blood leading to irritation and discomfort. We always recommend a person applies a cold ice pack wrapped in a cloth to their foot and ankle injury before seeing us for a diagnosis.

  1. WRONG: “Wrap rubber bands around sprained ankles is sufficient treatment.”

When you suffer a sprained ankle or severely torn ligaments then they need to be assessed immediately by a qualified orthopaedic specialist. Applying pressure to the area especially with a rubber band before having a professional diagnosis can be very harmful.

So there you have it; four foot and ankle myth busters. We hope you found these myth busters helpful. Please contact our leading and specialised foot and ankle clinic.