Sport Injuries to the Foot & Ankle
Depending on the sport, your feet and ankles can certainly take a beating from repetitive play. Ankle sprains are the most common of sports injuries. A sudden twist or roll of the ankle can result in tears or stretching of ligaments. If you are experiencing pain from a sport injury, it’s best to get it treated right away so it does not cause any long-term problems. Most ankle sprains or foot sprains don’t require surgery, the key is to control swelling.
Some minor sports injuries can be treated at home with PRICE therapy.
Protection – protect the injury from further damage, possibly by using a support.
Rest – get plenty of rest and reduce your physical activity on the foot or ankle.
Ice – apply ice 15-20 minutes every few hours, this will help with the swelling.
Compression – elastic compressions used throughout the day can also help with swelling.
Elevation – by elevating your injured foot or ankle above heart level can also reduce swelling.
Your road to recovery could include a variety of treatment options, including Immobilization of the foot or ankle, Physiotherapy, Corticosteroid Injections, Surgery, Exercises, and a variety of other treatments depending on your specific needs.
The key to keeping your feet and ankle free of sprains is prevention. This includes daily exercise & stretching. Although you may still experience soreness from over activity, this should help prevent any sprains or tears.
Common sport injuries include sprains, strains, tendinitis, fasciitis, bursitis, dislocations, fractures, muscle cramps or spasms, lacerations, or abrasions. No matter what your foot or ankle problem is, Big Foot & Ankle Institute can help.
Our goal for your recovery includes pain free living, full strength, and full range of motion of your foot or ankle.
For more information on the injury risk factors while playing your favorite sport, read the article, Foot Health Facts for Athletes or give Dr. Rowe with Big Foot & Ankle Institute a call today at (480) 759-6737 in Gilbert, AZ.
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