“I do!” are the two words you will start to hear a lot this time of season. Why? Everyone seems to be getting married. And it’s definitely the prime time to do so; perfect weather, kids are out of school, and you’ve been working on that beach-bod. But, with weddings come bridal parties and with bridal parties come...you guessed it...high heels! They are a podiatrist’s “arch” enemy (no pun intended). Okay, maybe not our enemy, but they certainly are causes to a lot of foot problems which are addressed by your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ. One of the most common injuries seen in patients who wear high heels is lateral ankle sprains. It doesn’t take much for that shoe to come out from underneath you and down you go.

There are a few different ways to help combat this problem. First, try toning the height of the heel down. It is recommend something as high as 1.5-2.5 inches. While this may look more conservative, it will decrease your chances of rolling your ankle. Second, if possible, try wearing a stiff, sturdy shoe. The more compact and rigid the shoe is, the greater amount of support your ankle will receive in return.

However, if you think you did sprain you ankle there are a couple of “signs” to look for. If you see any discoloration (red, blue, purple) of the skin, that might be indicative of a ruptured ligament. It also means your body is trying to repair itself. During the repair process your foot will look and feel red, hot, and swollen. These are some typical signs of any sprain and should be cared for appropriately. RICE--Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation--is the treatment for minor ankle sprains. But, if your swelling doesn’t go down within a day or two by applying the RICE principle, do not hesitate to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care.

Weddings are supposed to be fun! But there isn’t any fun in spraining your ankle while walking down the aisle or dancing on the dance floor. Remember, try to wear a more rigid shoe with a smaller heel and this should help reduce your chances of having to RICE!

By Nrupa Shah