Ankle sprains, ligament injuries and tears, fractures are among rising cases, says Dr Gaurav Khera, orthopaedic surgeon, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Delhi.
NEW DELHI, Aug 22 (The CONNECT) - During the monsoon, there has been a 20 percent rise in foot and ankle pain cases. This increase can be attributed to factors such as potholes, deteriorating road conditions, and inappropriate footwear. In the outpatient department (OPD) of the hospital, an average of 3 to 4 patients seek treatment for ankle injuries and fractures daily. Neglecting timely treatment for these injuries can lead to lasting repercussions.
Youngsters tend to experience hand-foot fractures from falls at an early age, which can result in added pressure on their ankles, ligaments, and foot muscles. Nonetheless, extra precautions must be observed during monsoons when potholes become a prevalent hazard on roadways. Consequently, there is an elevated risk of bone fractures in the feet due to slipping while walking in wet conditions. The rainy season often leads to injuries affecting both feet and ankles.
Dr Gaurav Khera, Orthopedic Surgeon, based Apollo Spectra Hospital, Delhi said, common complaints include ankle sprains, mild ligament injuries, ligament tears, and fractures.
One should avoid weight lifting to avoid putting weight on the injured ankle. In some other severe cases, it may be necessary to fix the fracture with plates and screws. Hence, it takes more time for the patient to recover completely. For instance, It takes three weeks to heal from a fracture in the leg or hip, he said.
Physiotherapy is then advised to such patients. Timely treatment is very important. Otherwise, the injury can worsen leaving one in intense pain, he said.
Potholes and puddles increase the chances of sustaining various injuries including spinal cord issues, back and hip pain, bone fractures due to shocks, and exacerbated back pain mainly among the elders. Moreover, bike riders are more prone to developing conditions such as spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis, and sleep disc. Those diagnosed with sarcoidosis who also suffer from osteoporosis face an additional danger of experiencing back and spine-related discomfort, Dr Khera said.
Dr. Dhananjay Parab, Orthopedic and Knee Replacement Surgeon, at Zynova Shalby Hospital, said every day 2 to 3 patients visit the trauma care centre for ankle injuries due to slips and falls. But, during the current rainy season, the number has increased to 5 to 6.
He said treatment of fractures requires a plaster cast and immobilizes the limb. During this period the patient is not allowed to move or can move at least for 3-4 weeks. In some other severe cases plates, rods and screws may be applied to the fractured area. In such cases, it takes more time for the patient to fully recover.
Dr Vinod Agarwal, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lilavati Hospital cautioned that drivers and riders to be careful. One should be careful when walking on slippery surfaces, avoid using high heels and sandals. One should wear good shoes.
“Be careful when walking on wet or uneven surfaces. Take note of the puddles, mud, and other obstacles that can cause one to slip or lose balance,” he said.
Car seats should be kept properly and it is necessary to take some rest after a few hours while driving, Dr Agarwal said.