Ankle Sprain Myths!

Fall sports are in full swing, and with fall sports often come ankle sprains. Caring for these injuries quickly and correctly is extremely important, especially if you are trying to get back on your feet quickly. One of the most common injuries we see is a sprained ankle. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is dispelling four of the most common myths surrounding this type of injury.

Myth #1: If I can move my ankle, it’s not broken.

In many cases, small fractures can make the injury appear as a simple sprain. In some cases, you can even walk on a broken ankle, even though it is a serious injury. Visit your podiatrist for x-rays and professional advice.

Myth #2: A sprained ankle should always be wrapped in an elastic bandage.

We find that many patients immediately wrap their ankle in an elastic bandage. And while this might temporarily relieve the symptoms, it does not address the underlying strain that has been caused to the tendons and ligaments.

Myth #3: Always soak an ankle injury in warm water.

You should never soak your ankle in warm water as heat elevates blood flow, which will create more pain and swelling. Your best course of action is to apply ice to reduce the swelling.

Myth #4: When the pain goes away, no further treatment is needed.

This is rarely the case – it’s always important to follow your podiatrist’s recommendations concerning ankle injuries. Even though the pain has subsided, therapy is essential to strengthen the muscles and ligaments following an injury.

While a minor sprain may be easy to treat and short-term, the severity of it can range anywhere from mild to serious. If a serious sprain is not treated quickly and properly, it can lead to long-term ankle problems and even recurrent sprains.

If you or your child has recently suffered an ankle injury – don’t hesitate – contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

5 Benefits of Paying a Visit to Your Podiatrist

If you think about it, our feet are pretty incredible. Comprised of a complex system of ligaments, muscles, tendons, and bones, this foundation helps us stand, run, and walk, all while supporting the rest of our body. And yet, when feet are painful, many people put off treatment. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some reasons why you should consider visiting your podiatrist.

  1. Podiatrists are specialists in their field. While your doctor is certainly well-informed about your overall health, a podiatrist is an expert in their field. Podiatrists have a greater understanding regarding the mechanics of the foot and have undergone an intensive certification process. They are trained to help eliminate any pain you’ve been feeling in your ankles and feet.
  1. They treat a wide variety of foot issues. Podiatrists are experienced in curing numerous ankle and foot ailments.

Some foot conditions but not limited to are: 

  1. They can treat sports injuries with greater precision. Sports injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Podiatrists can treat your symptoms so you can get back in the game as quickly as possible. They can also provide insight regarding the best shoes to wear for your particular sport and how you can avoid injury in the future.
  2. They can recommend healthy life alterations. In some cases, some small changes can make a big difference. Podiatrists can help those with thickened, discolored, or brittle nails and improve their nail health with nutritional advice and topical treatments. Seniors can also learn how to maintain healthy ankles and feet as arthritis and swelling become more prevalent.
  3. They can educate you to help prevent future injury. Regular visits to the podiatrist, even when you have no issues, can keep your ankles and feet strong and healthy. Your podiatrist can identify issues before they begin. And those with diabetes, in particular, will benefit from frequent appointments to identify diabetic-related issues early.

Remember: Putting off a seemingly minor issue can quickly change into a bigger problem that will require more attention and time to correct. When’s the last time your feet got a thorough checkup? If it’s been more than a year, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Protect Your Children from Sports Injuries With These 3 Top Tips

As parents, we always want to protect our children, so when it comes to them taking part in sports, it can be challenging to just sit by and not concentrate on the possible problems that could happen. Luckily you don’t have to spend the season worrying or covering your eyes whenever your child is put into the game!

Relax and enjoy the game with these tips from Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists 
  1. Put them in the proper gear. Ensure that they have all the protective equipment they need for the sport, including the proper shoes. Inspect the gear on a regular basis to make sure that it fits properly and is in good condition. And make sure your child is wearing their equipment the right way.
  2. Motivate them to practice. Practicing the required skills and working on proper form is vital to staying safe in sports. Properly warming up and stretching prior to any activity and progressively building up one’s fitness level can also help to avoid injuries in younger athletes.
  3. Monitor and prepare for the weather. Ensure that your child is prepared for the weather conditions to avoid overheating or tightened muscles in the colder temperatures. Layers are recommended so children can remove or put on what they need. It’s also a great idea to keep gloves, hats and extra clothes and socks in your child’s game bag – and don’t forget the water!

While it might be less stressful for you if your children stuck to non-impact sports like competitive reading or chess, our kids do tend to love sports. And let’s face it, parents enjoy watching their kids participate, even if an injury is a possibility.

Hopefully, by following these tips to protect your young athlete, you can watch with a little less concern! Of course, nothing is foolproof, so if your child is injured, get in touch with Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online so your child can get back in the game.