Types of Foot and Ankle Injury
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Did you know that ankle injuries alone send over a million people to the emergency room every year? Foot and ankle injuries are painful and get in your way. They may not cause the extent of misery and suffering of some types of injury, such as back injury, but they do slow you down. You can speed your recovery and get some immediate relief from the pain with I.C.E. DOWN ice wraps.
A sprained ankle is, perhaps, the quintessential "minor" injury that really puts you out of commission. It happens to about 25,000 people every day, and while it is a common sports injury, you can sprain you ankle in ways that make you feel really silly like stepping off a curb the wrong way.
A sprain is a ligament injury. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and they have limited flexibility. When you overstretch a ligament, it causes a sprain. A severe sprain involves tearing the ligament.
Not only can you sprain your ankle, you can also have a sprain in your foot.
The most common tendon injury in the foot and ankle is injury of the Achilles tendon, which is the big tendon on the back of the ankle. You can also injure other tendons in your ankle and foot. Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon. Tendon injury can be as extreme as a torn or ruptured tendon.
Your foot and ankle take the constant and repeated impact of your body weight, so they are very susceptible to stress fractures. Stress fractures are overuse injuries which occur when your muscle is too fatigued to absorb all the shock.
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones. Factors which often contribute to stress fractures in the foot and ankle include playing sports or running on a hard surface, poor footwear, and weakened bones.
Turf toe is a sprain at the base of the big toe. It happens when the toe is suddenly bent too far backwards. It is called turf toe because it is a common injury for people who play sports on artificial surfaces. It is also a common injury in ballet.
Turf toe is more likely to occur when you wear soft, flexible shoes which allow the toe to be pushed up and back when it gets caught on a hard surface.
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