Sometimes, It’s Hard To Tell
Have you ever tripped on something and twisted your ankle? Some call that “rolling” your ankle. For the most part, if you do this, you may be in pain for a day or two, but there’s not really anything you can do about it—at least not anything of any consequence requiring expensive medical options. Maybe ice it to reduce swelling.
However, in other situations, you may well need medical attention. How do you know which situations are which? Also, it’s worth noting that the sorts of injuries you may sustain in your feet can be of all different kinds. Following we’re going to go over a few clear signs you’ve had an injury, and what you can do about it.
Breaking a bone can lead to internal bruising. Bruising a bone may not show up under the skin. However, some breaks will result in notable discoloration. Accordingly, excessive bruising can indicate a break. If you’ve rolled your ankle and see massive discoloration changing the skin tone of your foot, it may well indicate a break has taken place.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve broken your foot, such discoloration clearly demonstrates you’ve sustained some sort of injury that would best be cared for at a medical clinic.
If your foot is half again the size it should be, that probably means you’ve suffered a break. If you haven’t suffered a break, you still shouldn’t walk on it, and it may be time to get some medical assistance.
Terrible Cracking Sounds That Weren’t There Before
Especially if you get an injury, and moving your foot causes strange cracking noises that just weren’t there before, you want to see a foot doctor. Not doing so won’t kill you, but it could result in a permanent limp. Sometimes breakages will not “knit” right unless you get proper care.
Notable Bleeding, Or Exceptionally Deep Wounds
When you’re bleeding deeply, loss of blood can contribute to overall illness and strength reduction, which itself compounds the healing process, making it take longer for injuries to recover. The deeper the wound, the more integral it is for you to seek help.
Infection, Gangrene, Or Frostbite
Here are some signs of gangrene to watch out for. Sometimes you’ll sustain a mild injury—or what seems like a mild injury—and go about your business. If you don’t properly dress the wound, though, then the limb may become gangrenous. If left untreated long enough, the only solution may be amputation—even in the twenty-first century.
You’ve been cut before. If the wound isn’t acting normal, it’s quite wise to see a professional. This is especially true with your feet, because walking every day can exacerbate wounds, meaning if you don’t see a specialist, the wound may never heal right. This is especially notable for breaks where the bone comes through the skin.
Frostbite is another consideration like this. Though not as bad as gangrene, it can still result in the loss of a few toes, or even certain portions of the flesh on your foot. However, there are ways to heal wounds of this kind that professionals know, and have access to; so if you suspect frostbite, infection, or gangrene in your feet, get to a foot professional fast.
Getting Your Injury Treated So You Can Recover Properly
When you suspect infection, gangrene, frostbite, or other complications from deep wounds, you need professional help—especially as regards the feet. Horrible pain or cracking sounds can mean a break that must be properly “set” to heal. Also, notable swelling or discoloration is indicative of extreme injury. Any of these signs recommend visiting foot care professionals.