Common foot injuries in sports often result from the intense physical demands placed on the lower extremities. One prevalent injury is the ankle sprain, which occurs when ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or torn due to sudden movements or impacts. Athletes are also prone to stress fractures, particularly in the metatarsal bones, resulting from repetitive impact forces. Plantar fasciitis, another frequent ailment, involves inflammation of the tissue along the sole of the foot, causing heel pain. Achilles tendonitis, often seen in runners, is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, causing discomfort and reduced mobility. Turf toe, common in sports played on artificial turf, is a sprain of the big toe joint. Athlete's foot is a fungal infection affecting many athletes due to shared locker rooms. Proper footwear, conditioning, and technique are essential in preventing these injuries. If you have a foot injury that you have sustained playing sports, timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment are vital, and It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Richard P. Jacoby, DPM of Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Fasciosis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.