When you were younger, did you ever roll your ankle playing your favorite sport? Maybe you dropped weights on your foot while working out in the gym? Either way, it’s likely that you didn’t let that minor injury hold you back from continuing whatever you were doing. This is especially true for the younger generation. It is not uncommon for those who are part of the younger generation to see themselves as seemingly invincible. It is true that children and teenagers do sometimes heal faster than fully grown adults. However, what people do not realize is that they could actually heal incorrectly.
When a lower leg injury is not properly addressed and checked out by a podiatrist, it is very possible that the injury may actually heal incorrectly. This could still be the case even if all of the pain has already gone away and the swelling has subsided. When an injury is not properly addressed and diagnosed, it has the potential to actually get worse. For example, a light ankle sprain may seem harmless at first but it could easily turn into a much worse sprain or tear if it is not given enough time to heal. A broken bone could easily heal in the wrong position, leading to much more significant problems down the line.
This is why it is crucial to go to a podiatrist to get checked out immediately following any lower leg trauma such as those involving the foot or ankle. For example, Dr. Steinberg’s mother-in-law broke her toe on a coffee table. She came in immediately to get it checked out and diagnosed and then properly treated. Had she not come in immediately after the injury, her toe would have healed crooked, leading to much larger problems down the line. This is why it is so important to seek medical care immediately following an injury.
Time really is of the essence. The longer you wait to have you injuries diagnosed and treated, the more time your body has to potentially heal incorrectly. At Frederick Foot & Ankle, we have doctors who excel in and specialize in care for lower leg trauma. We also treat a large variety of traumas and offer emergency appointments in the event of a trauma. As always, our goal at Frederick Foot & Ankle is keep you on your feet so if you ever experience a foot or ankle trauma, come in to get diagnosed so we can treat you and keep you moving. Offices in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD.