Health is Wealth: Foot and Ankle Issues
At one time or another, everyone has had a minor toe, foot, or ankle injury that caused pain or swelling. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it’s not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury. Certain athletes, such as dancers, gymnasts, or soccer or basketball players, have an increased risk of toe, foot, or ankle injuries. Older adults are at higher risk for injuries and fractures because they lose muscle mass and bone strength as they age. They also have more problems with vision and balance, which increases their risk of injury. Most minor injuries will heal on their own, and home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your symptoms and promote healing. Dr. Amarjit Bajwa, an orthopedic surgeon, talks with Harjinder Thind about several foot and ankle issues.