Your feet are complex structures, so often, there’s more to an injury than meets the eye. It can be problematic because some trainers and parents try to treat foot and ankle injuries the same, with rest and ice, but that might not be effective.

Today, we clear up four common misconceptions about these injuries.

Common Foot Injury Misconceptions

Here’s a look at some misunderstandings about standard ankle and foot ailments.

1. Pain Stems From An Acute Injury

Some people believe that ankle and foot injuries must result from an acute injury like a sprain or a fall. Still, sometimes injuries can occur due to overuse or a genetic condition. There doesn’t need to be a “moment of injury” for ankle or foot pain to set it.

If you’re experiencing pain and don’t recall an acute injury, there’s still a chance of an underlying issue. It should be looked at by a foot and ankle specialist.

2. Ice and Rest Are The Best Treatments

Ice and rest may be the most common treatment options, but they aren’t always the best. Rest and ice are great ways to help the ankle recover if you’re repeatedly spraining your ankles.

Still, there may be an underlying condition like ankle instability that’s leaving you predisposed to sprains, and that could be best corrected with physical therapy or surgery. Rest and ice are excellent for treating an injury, but other methods may best resolve the underlying condition.

3. Your General Practitioner Can Easily Hand Foot Injuries

General practitioners have an incredible wealth of knowledge on many medical topics. Still, they don’t always have an in-depth understanding of foot and ankle doctors.

Some minor injuries can be cared for by your GP. Still, more severe injuries or recurring issues should be handled by someone who understands your foot’s intricacies and performs many similar surgeries.

4. You Need To Learn To Live With Foot Pain

It is the most depressing misconception we hear from patients. Many patients will say, “I’ve dealt with this issue for years,” or “I was told there’s nothing that can be done to alleviate my pain.”

We’re not saying we can always find a solution to your foot and ankle pain, but we are willing to try various conservative and operative options to find an answer.

If we can’t correct the issue, we’ll work hard to minimize discomfort and help prevent the condition from worsening.

You don’t need to live with constant foot pain, so don’t just try and shrug it off. Let Dr. Patel and his team help you find a solution.

5. You Can Walk on a Broken Foot

We’ve all heard, “If you can walk on it, it must not be broken!” However, this common misconception about foot and ankle injuries can lead to delayed treatment and worse problems.

Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore foot pain, even if you can still put some weight on it.

Fractures can occur in various ways, and some may not cause complete immobilization. More minor stress fractures or hairline cracks might allow some walking, but ignoring them can lead to displaced bones that require surgery to fix.

Additionally, severe sprains with torn ligaments can mimic a fracture regarding pain and mobility.

Early diagnosis is critical for proper healing. Ignoring an injury can lead to prolonged pain, instability, and even arthritis in the future. So, if you experience pain, swelling, bruising, or difficulty walking after a fall, twist, or any other impact, see a foot and ankle specialist.

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Let Our Professionals Help You!

Don’t suffer in silence! Foot pain can significantly impact your daily life, but it doesn’t have to. Foot & Ankle Centers is here to get you back on track.

Our team of podiatrists utilizes advanced technology for accurate diagnosis and creates personalized treatment plans to address your specific needs.

Whether you’re dealing with a sprain, a fracture, or chronic pain, we offer practical solutions combined with compassionate care to get you moving comfortably again.

Take control of your foot and ankle health and schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Centers today! Let us help you experience the freedom of pain-free movement.