Ankle Sprain Study Released: Warning Issued to Women Who Love High-Heels

The Treatment, Causes, and Facts about GoutIn May 2015, The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery® published a study that confirmed what podiatrists have known for decades. High-heel shoes may potentially cause wearers to experience ankle sprains as well as a cavalcade of other injuries. The study looked at foot and ankle injuries over a span of 10 years, starting with 2002. But one doesn’t have to go back that far to see what kind of damage wearing high-heels can do to the ankle.

In April 2015, high-heel wearing Britney Spears had a very public accident on stage. The video of her injury made its rounds on social media and in the mainstream media. So, many people got to see the unfortunate incident go down. In the end, she had to alter her tour schedule to accommodate what the media reports widely claimed was an ankle sprain.

When a woman sprains her ankle, doctors will assign the injury a grade. The grades run from one to three with three being the most severe. It often involves mid-section ruptures or separation of the ligament from the bone. Once the ligament ruptures or separates from the bone, the person must be immobilized and kept that way for an extended period of time.

If the ankle injury does not look like it will heal properly, scheduling surgical reconstruction or arthroscopy may be the next logical step. Oftentimes, when combined with physical therapy, it will completely reverse the damage. However, in some segments of the population full restoration of ankle movement may not be possible (e.g. elderly). The ultimate outcome of grade three ankle sprains all hinges on numerous factors. A podiatrist will typically review a patient’s case file prior to recommending surgery just in case.

Lower grade ankle sprains are treated differently, although rest and immobilization may be a part of the person’s care plan. Healing time is generally shorter and range-of-motion exercises are typically a central part of the plan. Anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed for painful ankle injuries as well. If you or a loved one experiences a high-heel related ankle sprain, please seek professional podiatry care right away.


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