‘Tis the season for cold weather and ice related falls. When a person falls, the likely hood of an injury to the ankle is increased because the ankle can roll, twist, or turn in an awkward way.
If you fall and experience ankle pain it is best to seek medical advice as soon as possible. Take the fall seriously. Even if you are able to walk on the ankle, there may be an underlying problem. Ankle pain may be a sign of an ankle sprain or fracture. Continued use of the injured ankle, without medical advice, could lead to more complicated issues such as prolonged healing, arthritis, instability, and chronic pain. Instability is persistent discomfort and giving way of ankle due to stretched out or torn ligaments.
Ankle sprains are common and often times overlooked. However, not treating a sprained or injured ankle can lead to long term damage. For the best outcome from the injury, seek medical attention in a timely manner. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Nebraska and Iowa can help get you moving after a fall.
If you are unable to obtain medical advice from a podiatrist, emergency room or urgent care facility, immediately after the fall, then rest your injured ankle. Try to limit body weight to the injury and use the “PRICE” method (protect, rest, ice, compression, elevation) until medical attention can be sought out.