Pilgrim’s Health

Falls and Ankle Sprains during Hajj

There is a misconception that when more effort is exerted in performing the rituals, the pilgrim earns a greater reward than others, so some pilgrims resort to wrong behaviors (such as: walking under direct sunlight and climbing the Mount of Mercy on the day of Arafah), and thus they are exposed to great health risks, including falling, but the elderly are more likely to fall, especially if they have a chronic health problem.

To avoid falling during Hajj:

  • Avoid performing the rituals in times of extreme crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid jostling when in crowded places
  • Not to climb mountains and heights, and to stay inside the places of residence for worship.
  • Wear suitable and comfortable shoes that support the ankles.
  • Consult your doctor before Hajj if you suffer from any foot problems.
  • Ask for help when doing things you can't safely do on your own
  • ​Do not walk on slippery floors with socks
  • If you suffer from imbalance or visual impairment, it is necessary to use assistive devices such as canes, wheelchairs, hearing aids, glasses, and others.
Ankle Sprain:
A common injury that occurs when the tissue that connects and supports the ankle bones tears or stretches when stumbling while walking or running.

They vary in severity according to severity of the injury, but in general they include:
  • Pain and redness.
  • Bruises
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness or loss of ankle movement.
For a sprained ankle, do the following:
  • Rest as much as possible and not carry weight on the injured foot.
  • Use crutches, especially when moving and walking; To reduce pressure on the affected foot.
  • Make cold compresses on the place of injury, by placing an amount of ice inside a clean towel and applying it to the place of injury for 20 minutes, with repetition and avoiding placing ice directly on the foot.
  • Remove ice packs when feeling numb in the ankle.
  • Use a compression bandage and wrap the ankle and foot; To avoid swelling and bruising.
  • Raise the feet above the level of the heart, to prevent swelling from getting worse.
  • Use safe pain relievers that do not interfere with your health condition.
  • If pain and swelling persist, consult a doctor so that he can rule out a fracture.

Last Update : 21 June 2023 04:10 PM
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