Reviewed by Janet D. Pearl, MD, MSc
More than 3-5% of all emergency visits in the hospital setting are attributed to acute ankle sprains(1). This corresponds to roughly 5,000 to 6,000 Emergency Room visits due to ankle sprains per day in the US!
The most frequently reported foot and ankle injuries(2) are:
Some other causes of increase risk of foot and ankle injuries include: chronic metabolic or medical conditions; prolonged steroid abuse; sedentary lifestyle; and, accidental injuries.
If you have a foot injury, what’s the best way to treat it? Cold therapy (like ice) or heatt therapy (like a warm salt water bath)?