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Prevent Foot and Ankle Injuries | Dr. Fleishman

June is National Safety Month! Dr. Sheldon Fleishman is joining in the celebration by providing some general information and tips to help you prevent foot and ankle injuries.

The most common injuries of feet and ankles are sprains and fractures. A sprain occurs when an injury pulls, stretches, or tears the ligaments that connect bone to bone in the foot or ankle. A fracture is the actual breaking of a bone in the foot or ankle.

Most sprains and fractures of the foot and ankle occur during sports activity. Runners, dancers and gymnasts are more likely to experience these injuries. Trips and falls are other major causes of foot and ankle sprains and fractures.

Preventing foot and ankle injuries is the best medicine, as the saying goes. Three simple suggestions will go a long way in protecting you from injury:

  1. Before physical activity, spend a few minutes in warm-up exercises.
  2. Footwear appropriate to the activity will help protect your feet and ankles.
  3. Avoid uneven surfaces whenever possible, and when you can’t take extra precaution.

Symptoms of a sprained or fractured foot or ankle include

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty with weight-bearing and walking

If you suffer a foot or ankle injury followed by the symptoms above, then it’s time make an appointment to see Dr. Sheldon Fleishman. Until you can be seen, these home treatments will protect your injury and lessen the pain.

  • Rest – stay off the injury to avoid injuring it further
  • Ice – use a bag of frozen peas or corn on the injured area to lessen inflammation
  • Compression – a snug wrapping of the injured area with an elastic bandage is suggested; don’t wrap it too tightly
  • Elevate -  prop your injured limb with pillows to a height higher than your heart to decrease swelling
  • Pain relief – take ibuprofen according to the instructions on the bottle

Dr. Fleishman will help give you relief to the pain in your ankle or foot. Call 913-381-5515 in Overland Park, and 816-228-9393 in Blue Springs to schedule an appointment. From routine check-ups to surgical procedures of the foot and ankle, Dr. Fleishman provides superb skill and wisdom when you need podiatric care.