Summer is almost here and many people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and participating in outdoor activities. According to foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons, increasing your activity can increase your risk of foot and ankle injuries. As you prepare for the season, follow these tips to avoid pain while you stay active.
When the swelling, stiffness, and pain of ankle arthritis make it hard to walk or even stand, it may be time to consider ankle fusion or ankle replacement surgery to get you back on your feet. In new videos on FootCareMD.org, the patient education website of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, patients share their experiences with the two procedures.
According to the results of a recent study published in Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the official journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), people who suffered an ankle sprain while playing youth sports had more pain and symptoms 3-15 years later, including poor function, reduced sport participation, poor balance, and fear of pain, when compared to uninjured participants. This study highlights the need to promote ankle sprain prevention in youth sports.
A broken ankle can severely limit your ability to perform basic functional tasks like running and walking. This painful injury can cause loss of lower extremity strength, range of motion, and pain. These impairments can make performing your normal everyday activities difficult or impossible. You may benefit from physical therapy (PT) after a broken ankle to help you fully recover functional mobility and to return to your previous level of activity.