One of the most searched for health related applications on iOS or Android today is that which would help suffers of ankle sprains deal with or recover from their injury.
But practical apps that could do any legitimate good for ankle sprain patients are almost entirely lacking altogether. Why? Because there are, indeed, some limits to mobile health technology.
“The biggest misconception about mHealth,” says Jessica Reins, a healthcare worker based in Chicago, “is that there’s an app for everything. And that’s not true. Sometimes, you have to see a specialist.”
When it comes to ankle sprains, say the respected Utah-based foot doctors at Wasatch Foot and Ankle, getting a timely and accurate hands-on assessment is the best way to diagnose and treat ankle and foot related injuries and ailments.
“Treatment,” the practice says on its website, “includes resting and elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing. Serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.”
And what about an app that can, at the very least, offer useful tips and preventative advice on avoiding ankle sprains? Again, it doesn’t seem worth the effort to download an app offering such basic advice.
“To prevent ankle sprains,” the Wasatch Foot and Ankle website succinctly summarizes, “try to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercising, stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.”
Do we really need an app for that?