Podiatry doesn’t always have to be serious. Foot and ankle injuries, especially ones that take long to heal, may be stressful or difficult to handle, but you can still have fun. Dave Grohl, the frontman of the Foo Fighters, injured his foot in a fall while on tour in Sweden and has been sitting on his own personalized “throne” seat for most of the Foo Fighters’ “Throne” tour. His foot, which required surgery, is wrapped in a bright purple cast and elevated parallel to the floor the majority of the show, but that doesn’t stop Grohl from rocking out with his guitar on his lap and his hair whipping about in the wind. Grohl even invited the orthopedic surgeon that did his surgery on stage to perform with him and the band as a thank you for helping the Foo Fighters continue their tour throughout the US and Asia.
Broken ankles or feet take a lot more time to heal and needs a proper diagnosis. If you think you might have sprained your ankle but notice that it’s not healing properly, looks disfigured, is extremely sensitive to touch or has bruising that won’t go away, go see a podiatrist right away to see if you need more serious treatment. A broken ankle can also be accompanied with torn ligaments or tissue damage, which may require surgery, so it is especially important to get it checked out.
For broken ankles or feet, a leg cast or brace is usually mandatory and healing is monitored through x-rays to make sure that everything is staying in place as it heals. After the bone itself is mended, you will most likely need physical therapy to regain strength and movement and possibly braces until the bone is fully healed.
Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle is board-certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rear foot/ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. If you think you may have broken your foot or ankle, or are having any general podiatric issues, contact our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.