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Foot and ankle injuries are an unfortunate fact of life for many people. Broken toes, broken feet, sprains, contusions, dislocations, sprains, infections and other serious injuries can occur at any time. If an injury is sustained, it is important to seek attention immediately. It is also unfortunate that one or more myths have prevailed through the years about foot and ankle injuries. We will attempt to dispel those myths now.

Myth # 1: If you can move your foot or ankle, it’s not broken.

FALSE – This widespread belief keeps breaks and fractures from receiving the proper treatments. Believe it or not, you can walk with certain types of foot and ankle fractures. At the first sign of a fracture or break, it is important to get a proper diagnosis from a Cincinnati podiatrist.

Myth # 2: Breaking your toe is no reason to seek immediate attention.

FALSE – All toe fractures require immediate attention. If the toe is fractured or broken, it may heal incorrectly if not properly set by a Cincinatti podiatrist. A proper X-ray and treatment will help the broken toe heal quickly, usually within seven to ten days. Without treatment, the broken toe may grow at an angle and form painful corns.

Myth # 3: The best treatment for a foot or ankle injury is to immediately soak it in hot water.

FALSE – Heat or hot water should never be used on a suspected foot fracture, sprain or dislocation. Heat promotes greater blood flow, which can contribute to greater swelling. The more an area swells, the more pressure will be put on the nerves, which can lead to even greater pain. Instead of heat, apply an ice bag wrapped in a towel for foot and ankle fracture care. This will contract the blood vessels and numb the area, which will reduce any swelling and pain. As soon as you can, see a Cincinnati podiatrist who may recommend further treatment upon examination.

Myth # 4: If you sprain your ankle, simply apply an elastic bandage and it will heal correctly.

FALSE – A sprained ankle implies that the ligaments are torn or overstretched. When this happens, the only safe recourse is to seek immediate attention by a Cincinnati podiatrist for the sprained ankle. You physician will x-ray the area and immobilize it with a cast or splint. In some cases, physiotherapy or surgery will be used to ensure a normal recovery.

Myth # 5: The terms fracture, break and crack are all different.

FALSE – These terms are all used to describe a broken toe, foot, or ankle bone.

Before Seeing a Podiatrist

If you suffer a foot or ankle injury, remember the acronym RICE before visiting your Cincinnati area podiatrist.

Rest – Restrict your movement and sit with your foot or ankle above your waist to keep from putting any weight on the affected area.

Ice – Place a plastic bag filled with ice and then wrapped in a towel over the affected area for 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off, then repeat.

Compression – Wrap an ACE bandage very lightly around the affected area. Take care not to pull the bandage too tight.

Elevation – Sit in a position that allows you to evaluate your foot or ankle, holding it above your waist. This will effectively reduce swelling and pain.

Caring For Serious Injuries

If your foot or ankle injury includes a bleeding cut, clean the wound thoroughly and apply pressure with a gauze or towel, then cover with a clean dressing. See your podiatrist as soon as possible and refrain from using any medication on the cut before you see your doctor.

If you see blisters, leave them unopened if they are not painful. A compression bandage placed over the blister can provide much needed relief.

Foreign materials in the skin (splinters, slivers or sand) can be removed carefully, but a deep foreign object (broken glass or a needle) must be removed by a professional.

For abrasions, treat them similarly to the way you would treat a burn. If raw skin is exposed to the air, it can become infected. Remove any foreign particles before cleaning the area thoroughly, then apply a sterile bandage and an antibiotic cream or ointment.

Prevention

Wear footwear appropriate to the activity you will be engaged in. Never walk barefoot on paved streets or sidewalks and watch out for slippery floors at home or at work. If you get up during the night, turn on a light so you can see. Many toe, foot and ankle fractures happen because people can’t find their way in the dark.

If you have experienced a broken toe, foot, or ankle injury in the Cincinnati area, call The Center for Foot Care at your earliest convenience to make an appointment with your podiatric physician. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, your foot or ankle will heal properly, which will alleviate pain and restore your full range of movement.

on 24, Jul 2017
I have a job that requires me to wear heels and stand on my feet all day. After years of doing this I have developed a neuroma that has become very painful. I saw Dr. Titko and she gave me options on how to go about correcting this problem. After several visits I’m happy to report I am painfree and able to walk comfortably in my work shoes once again. Thank you Dr. Titko !
Stacey
on 24, Jul 2017
I first met Dr. Kristin Titko at a diabetes focus group at UC. Her presentation on various options to treat diabetes complications of the legs and feet sounded hopeful, as I had visited another foot care specialist who advised me he could do nothing to help me. In speaking with Dr. Kris after the meeting concerning my issues, she told me to come see her. Thankfully I made an appointment and will remain ever grateful to her for her professional care. Dr. Titko is friendly and caring, and listened to the problems I was experiencing (toe fungus and planter’s fibromas on both feet.) I was treated with laser therapy which completely healed my toe fungus and referred to a specific physical therapist who completely cleared up the fibromas in both feet. Additionally, she took biopsies which confirmed that my legs and feet were free of neuropathy (which is music to the ears of a Type 1 diabetic.) I continue to see her periodically for checkups. All things being said, Dr. Titko’s professional expertise allowed me take my life back by bringing me to a level of physical activity that I hadn’t experienced in several years. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone who is looking for a foot care specialist, especially diabetics. She treats you like family and you can place your trust in her.
Linda
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been seeing Dr. Titko for a few years now, and she help me fix my cracked, dry feet and make them beautiful again. I thank you and my man thanks you too! You’re great!
Maggie
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been to 4 orthopedic surgeons very highly recommended however they didn’t help me since July [4 months]! I broke my ankle. I am so thrilled to have found Dr Kristin Titko, she has been the ONLY doctor that I feel can help me! I have faith in her.
Jillian
on 24, Jul 2017
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Titko’s since about 2006 and I have referred multiple friends to her. I’ve seen her for several different conditions, some chronic and some acute, and I always appreciate the approach she takes, which is to get me back to my normal activities as soon as possible.
Christa
on 24, Jul 2017
Six weeks out from my 2nd Ironman and planters facilities shows up. Nothing short of a miracle, Dr. Titko attacked this problem and on race day there was no pain and no excuses (with my foot), a PR for my 140.6 course at Ironman Louisville.
Kevin
on 24, Jul 2017
I would like to thank Dr. Titko for getting me back on the tennis courts after a 5 month layoff. I know I should have sought treatment earlier, but being a Man I was stubborn! Don’t be like me, if you hurt go see her you will not regret it!
John W
on 24, Jul 2017
Dr Titko is by far one of the most professional doctors I’ve ever met. She treats you like family and ensures any problems you have are taken care of as quickly as possible. I was working a job where I had to stand on concrete all day in boots. She made custom Orthotics for my boots that did wonders for my feet and helped relieve the pain. Thank you for everything Dr Titko.-Scott Dr. Titko is fantastic! I had an ingrown toenail that had been bothering me off and on, and affected my running. She removed it and now my toe feels so much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone needing a great podiatrist.
RIch
on 24, Jul 2017
I met you at the West Chester Jingle Mingle in December. In our conversation I mentioned that my son Landen Myers was having some problems with his feet and after meeting with 2 specialists already, the problem was getting worse, not better. After one meeting with you and six weeks later, your recommended home treatment has him pain free and nearly back to 100%. He plays baseball for Ohio State and his first game is two weeks. THANK YOU for getting him healthy in time for the season!
Scott
on 24, Jul 2017
After experiencing foot pain for way too long, I set up an appointment with Dr. Titko. Dr. Titko immediately identified what was causing the pain. She took care of an issue I was having to ease the pain, took x-rays and will have a treatment plan by my next visit. I truly appreciate her approach and respect for my time. Dr. Titko was professional and focused but, also very personable with a great sense of humor which made for a pleasant experience despite why I was there! Her staff was friendly and efficient getting me back right on time and out quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone experiencing similar issues.
Marcia

Having Foot or Ankle Problems?

Dr. Titko has more than 20 years of medical and surgical experience treating foot and ankle conditions. Feel free to contact us at: (513) 273-5119 and speak to our trained staff. Contact us today!