Today's Podiatrist Keeps America Walking
Many of us like and need to keep active. Whether it's a walk around the block or running a 5k, people love to be outside this time of year. Avoid overuse and other injuries when staying active by listening to your body.
How do you know the difference between foot and ankle pain from an injury, and soreness from a workout?
It's simple - just look for these clues:
THE FOUR SIGNS OF INJURY
1. Keep an eye on the injured foot or ankle. Serious injuries will be visible, so look for signs of swelling, inflammation, or bruising.
2. Use the pain scale. Think of a scale between one and ten. If your pain jumps to a nine or ten with activity, such as putting weight on the affected foot, that’s a good indicator you’re injured.
3. Categorize your pain. Pain from an injury is unmistakable. If you experience sharp or stabbing pain, burning, tingling, or numbness, you need to make an appointment with a podiatrist.
4. Persistent pain. If you experience the same amount of pain on day three as day one, you likely have an injury and need to see a podiatrist right away. The same goes for nagging pain. If the pain is mostly resolved but two weeks later you’re still not 100 percent, it’s time to make an appointment.
Adapted from APMA