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Injury Prevention for the Foot and Ankle

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Jun 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-18 09:07:33-04

Whether you’re taking a walk or running a mile, injuries to the feet and ankles are quite common. Some injuries are unavoidable, but there are a few preventive measures you can take to decrease your risk of sustaining an injury.

Injury Prevention Tips
  • Choose the right athletic shoe for your foot type
  • Properly warm up before any workout
  • Avoid running on uneven surfaces
  • Condition your muscles
  • Listen to your body
Treatment Options
Treatment largely depends on the type and severity of the injury. However, for mild sprains and strains, there are a few treatment options that might be effective.
  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Gentle exercise and stretches if pain and swelling subside
  • Consider orthopedic shoe devices
  • Switch to supportive footwear
When to see your doctor
  • Numbness or tingling in the foot and/or ankle
  • Signs of infection
  • Symptoms do not improve with home treatment
  • Symptoms become more severe