What Are The Risks Of Untreated Ankle Injuries?
If you have ever injured your ankle, whether recently or in the past, and have decided not to seek treatment, this article is for you. While some injuries may heal on their own with time, it is important to realize that choosing not to seek treatment for an ankle injury may cause serious issues in the future.
The specialists at Triad Foot and Ankle are here to provide customized treatment plans for your ankle injury regardless of when the injury occurred.
Why are Ankle Injuries so Common?
Millions of people around the world suffer from ankle pain. In order to familiarize yourself with the different types of ankle injuries that can arise, it is important to understand the complex structure of the ankle. The tibia, fibula, and talus bones all make up the structure of the ankle, in addition to numerous tendons and ligaments that support its movement and stability.
Unfortunately, even minor displacements of the ankle can result in injury. The three most common types of ankle injuries include sprains, strains, and fractures.
While ankle injuries are most commonly a result of sports activities, they can also occur as a result of accidents during other common everyday activities: like tripping and falling, or stepping in a way that compromises the ankle.
Common Ankle Injuries
There are several varieties of ankle fractures. Some of the most severe fractures may require surgery and will require you to avoid bearing any weight on your ankle for months. Some minor fractures are small enough that you can still bear weight on the ankle, have a simpler treatment plan and much shorter recovery time.
Ankle sprains are a result of an injury to the ligaments in your ankle. There are three types of ankle sprains: Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3, which rank in severity from least to most serious.
Ankle strains happen when a muscle or tendon (which connects the muscle to bone) becomes stretched. In the case of severe strains, it can cause a tear of the muscle or tendon.
What are the Risks of Leaving your Ankle Injury Untreated?
If you injure your ankle and are still experiencing pain after a day or two, it is highly recommended that you visit an ankle specialist for an evaluation.
It is possible to heal minor ankle injuries with the RICE method: rest, ice (apply cold packs for 15-20 minutes every 2 hours), compression, and elevation.
Untreated Ankle Strains and Sprains
Untreated strains can raise your risk for future strains and also affect your ability to walk and stand. Leaving strains untreated puts you at risk for chronic instability issues.
Similarly, untreated sprains also heighten your risk for future injuries.
Untreated Ankle Fractures
Untreated fractures can result in debilitating conditions such as arthritis, infections, and even foot deformities that can affect your ability to walk.
Overall, the risks of untreated ankle injuries can lead to degenerative, more serious issues over time. When you experience an ankle injury, acting promptly is always the best course of action in order to avoid complications in the future.
If you have experienced an ankle injury, the experts at Triad Foot & Ankle Center are ready to assist you. Click here to Request an appointment.
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