If you have an injury to your foot and/or ankle, your doctor may refer you to a specialist. It's important for you to follow through with seeing the specialist and make sure you take your treatments seriously. If you don't, then your injury may not heal correctly and this can cause you to continue to have a lot of problems in the future that can negatively affect your life in the future. Here are some of the reasons why making sure your injuries heal correctly is so important:
Chronic pains can be an issue
When you have a foot and/or ankle injury treated correctly, you may be able to permanently heal from the injury and put all of the pain behind you. However, if you don't follow through with seeing the specialist, or with the treatments that the specialist suggests, then there may be a chance the injury won't heal correctly and you could end up suffering from chronic pain throughout your lifetime.
Limited mobility may be an issue
Another thing that can happen when you don't follow through with seeing a specialist or the treatment for your injury, then it can also end up causing you to deal with mobility issues in the future. The way your injury ends up affecting you in this respect will depend on many factors, such as the type of injury you have, the severity of that injury, and more. Some of the different ways that your mobility can be affected include leaving you with a permanent limp, causing you to not be able to rotate your foot and ankle to the degree that you should be able to, and more.
Increased risks of additional injuries can be a concern
Not undergoing the treatments a specialist would want you to have may leave your foot and/or ankle in a weakened state. When your lower limbs are weaker than they should be, you can be at an increased risk for injuring yourself in other ways with new injuries. This is due to the fact that your weight is put on your lower limbs and when they are not as strong and stable as they should be, you can easily end up twisting wrong, falling, tripping, or simply have them give out on you. Should you end up having something happen such as a fall, then you can end up being very hurt. This is why it's important to see a specialist and follow their advice.
If you have further questions, consult a foot and ankle specialist in your area.