Don’t “Walk It Off”: 5 ankle and foot injuries you shouldn’t ignore

Posted on September 13, 2018

Category: Physical Injury

Have you ever been told to “walk it off” after suffering from a foot or ankle injury? Ignoring injuries this complex and critical part of your body can lead to complications, chronic pain, and immobility. Check out our list of 5 ankle and foot injuries you shouldn’t ignore, so you can be better prepared next time someone tells you to “walk it off.”

1. Chronic Ankle Sprains

Chronic ankle sprains, also commonly referred to as chronic ankle instability, are the result of improper healing of the ankle following a more common acute ankle sprain. Repeated ankle sprains weaken the ligaments in the ankle and increase the likelihood of developing chronic ankle sprains. If left untreated, chronic ankle sprains can lead to degenerative arthritis.

2. Achilles Tendon Rupture

Your Achilles tendon in the tendon that connects your heel bone to your calf. A rupture can happen to anyone but is commonly a sports-related injury. An Achilles tendon rupture is characterized by a popping sound at the time of injury, pain in the heel or calf, and an inability to point your toes downward. Without treatment, and Achilles tendon rupture can lead to Achilles tendonitis or chronic calf and heel pain.

3. Tendonitis

There are several types of tendonitis that affect the ankle and foot. Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, and extensor tendonitis are among the most common types and can all be associated with pain while actively using or stretching the affected tendon. Untreated, many types of tendonitis can result in serious complications, chronic pain, and—in some cases—ruptures.

4. Retrocalcaneal Bursitis

Retrocalcaneal bursitis most commonly associated with heel pain. Those most at risk for Retrocalcaneal Bursitis are athletes, those over the age of 65, and those with existing conditions that may affect the heel and foot, such as arthritis or gout. Untreated retrocalcaneal bursitis can cause tendonitis.

5. Plantar Fasciitis

If you are experiencing a sharp pain on the bottom of the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis can result from the ligament in the arch of your foot, called the plantar fascia, being inflamed or irritated. Standing for extended periods of time and exercise that is particularly strenuous on your heel are common causes of damage to your plantar fascia. Ignoring this damage could result in chronic heel and foot pain.

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