Battered Ligaments

Summary of Chapter 8

Put one foot in front of the other and don’t look back.– Dr. Suzanne Levine

My Feet Are Killing Me by Celebrity Podiatrist, Dr. Suzanne Levine

Battered Ligaments

Ligaments are one of the unsung heroes in our bodies. These tough, fibrous tissues connect bones to each other and stand up under extremes of motion. In fact, you can’t even walk without the medial and lateral ligaments in the ankle and yet, they do all this without any attention, let alone pampering. It’s not until you strain or overstretch one that you realize ligaments are just as important as muscle and bone.

High heels can wreak havoc with these ligaments. In a high-heeled shoe, your foot is in plantar flexion (heel up, toes down), your ability to flex your foot up and down is impaired and the higher the heel, the more vulnerable you are to injury. Falling off high heels or platform shoes, and twisting your foot inwards or outwards can cause significant injury (twisted ankle, sprained ankle, etc).

Especially if you are a dancer, an athlete, a person who runs a lot, or a person who spends most of the week with symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, and even bruising. You may also notice that you can’t move your foot and/or ankle normally. If you can’t walk after a few minutes of rest, if you can’t resume normal activities without pain, or if you hear a distinct “pop” when you hurt yourself, you may have torn tissue. Prolonged pain, swelling, and a bruise in the region of pain (focal bleeding into the tissues) require medical evaluation because leaving a battered ligament untreated or resuming normal activities or wearing high heels before your ankle is healed can cause chronic pain, osteoarthritis, and permanent ankle issues.

In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine discusses the following information, topics and tips:

  • What does a battered ligament feel like?
  • What are the most common ankle ligament injuries?
  • What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
  • How should you treat a sprained ankle (at home)?
  • How should you treat a sprained ankle (At the doctor’s office)?
  • How long does it take for an ankle sprain to heal?
  • What does your center of gravity have to do with your ligaments?
  • How can you avoid ligaments sprains?
  • Dancing with the Stars – Injury Roster/List
  • Real Patient Recap: Size Matters: Sara’s Saga Continued. Together, Dr. Levine and her patient discover the true meaning of love, the healing power of the right shoe – and laughter.

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