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By Dr. Rion Berg
January 29, 2018
Category: sports injuries

Tom Cruise just revealed that he's still dealing with the fallout from a broken ankle he sustained in August 2017. Tom broken his ankle by slamming it into a wall during a stunt he did for his upcoming movie "Mission: Impossible-Fallout. He recently appeared on a TV show where the guests watched the exact moment he broke his ankle in slow motion.

Typically it takes about six to eight weeks for a broken ankle to heal to the point where a person can start putting weight on it.

Tom must have suffered a severe break since he says it's still broken. Either that or he's been so busy filming and putting weight on it when he shouldn't that it hasn't had a chance to heal. As a Seattle podiatrist I'm guessing he also damaged his ligaments if he's still having problems.

Either way, don't wait to have your foot or ankle checked by a podiatrist if you're feeling pain after an injury. We want to see you right away so we can start you on the path to healing and get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Coming in fourth in a snowboard semi-final, Trevor Jacobs flew down the slopes twice on Tuesday at Sochi even though it was very likely he had a broken ankle. He heard a loud pop when he took off during the first heat but continued to compete anyway. Apparently he’s had major problems with the ligaments around his cuboidbone and a broken anklewas confirmed once he got off the slopes.

As a Seattle podiatrist I always tell my patients that foot and ankle pain are not normal. Many of you are very active indoor and outdoor sports enthusiasts which I applaud. Although I always recommend physical activity for my diabetic patients and all patients who can be active, pushing through pain like an Olympian is never a good idea.

So what do I recommend if you do if you break or sprain your ankle?

  • As soon as possible follow the RICE Protocol:
    • Rest- keep weight off of the ankle until your physician or surgeon tells you otherwise.
    • Ice & Compression - as soon as you are able, an ice pack should be applied to the area (with a layer of cloth between your skin and the ice) and held in place with an ace wrap or elastic bandageto provide compression.
    • Elevation- Elevate your feet higher than your heart to promote drainage from the swollen area.
  • A severe sprain will often mask a broken ankle, so it’s important that you be seen right away. If you can’t get in to see a foot and ankle surgeon, go to the emergency room so that your ankle can be properly evaluated.
  • Follow all the recommendations of your foot and ankle surgeon which may likely include a course of anti-inflammatory medications and immobilization so that the bones and surrounding tissue can heal.

If you suspect a broken ankle, please call our Seattle podiatry office at once so you can be seen that same day. Call us at 206-368-7000.