Although we all love to be wrapped up in the special effects of another sequel to Star Wars, no amount of magic will instantly heal the broken ankle Harrison Ford sustained on last week’s set of Episode VII. Unlike many hazards that surround high impact sports, who knew that the door of the spaceship Millenium Falcon would also become a statistic for an ankle break.

Now everyone knows that Harrison Ford will be out of commission for 8 weeks in his reprising role as Hans Solo. Fortunately shooting will continue in his absence and the December release date is still intact. Some of our favorite actors from the original such as Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will be shooting their roles while Harrison is busy recovering.

Ford is very likely using a boot and crutches during his recovery time which will help the healing process through offloading and immobilization. Immobilization is one of the key ways I would use as your Seattle podiatrist to help in your recovery process should you happen to incur a broken ankle or ankle sprain.

If you or your young athlete sustains an injury during a sports activity, it’s often impossible to tell whether the issue is a sprain or a break because both can be very painful and impede walking. Swelling and bruising are also common in both instances. The only way to know for sure if your young Jedi warrior has a break is to get it examined by a foot and ankle surgeon and have it X-rayed. Also, multiple ankle sprains over time could mean that you or a loved one has developed chronic ankle instability; physical therapy, bracing, and in some cases surgery is needed.

No matter what the outcome of the injury, applying the R.I.C.E. technique is always the best plan of action until you can get to a podiatrist. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation will all help in reducing pain and swelling.

The main message is don’t wait to be seen. Call us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000. We can usually get patients in for a same day appointment, particularly for emergencies.

Photo Source: Hollywood Reporter

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