The good news is you can – and absolutely should – take measures to protect your feet and ankles and prevent sports injuries from throwing you off your game. What’s more, you can count on Advanced Foot Care to provide the treatments you need to recover quickly and safely from any injury you may experience, now or in the future.
Common Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries
To start, let’s take a look at some of the most common foot and ankle sports injuries we treat at our office. They include:
- Plantar fasciitis. The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis happens when the thick band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes overused, irritated, and inflamed. The band pulls on the heel bone and causes pain, especially when rising after periods of rest.
- Achilles tendonitis. This condition develops when the strongest tendon in the body – the Achilles tendon – endures repetitive stress and becomes overused. The tendon will then become irritated and inflamed, causing pain in the back of the heel or ankle.
- Ankle sprains. A very common injury, ankle sprains occur when ligaments supporting the ankle joint stretch beyond their intended range of motion and partially tear or completely rupture. When not treated properly, they are no longer able to provide stability to the ankle, making it more prone to repeated injury.
- Fractures. These are cracks or complete breaks in the bones that can take many forms. The most severe types involve breaking the skin (open fracture) or altering the position of the bones. More subtle are stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone surface usually caused by overuse. The most common fractures involve the toes and the metatarsal bones just behind them. Fractures also come in varying degrees – some of which require prompt care. So if one is suspected, they should be evaluated as soon as possible.
- Turf toe. Turf toe usually happens when the toe – usually the big toe – is planted but the rest of the foot continues to move forward with force, causing the toe joint to move beyond its intended range of motion. This results in a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the base of the toe.
At Advanced Foot Care, we are proud to offer many treatment options for foot and ankle sports injuries, including advanced treatments like MLS laser therapy for those of you who want to speed up your recovery period, as well as custom orthotic devices for patients who need to correct underlying biomechanical deficiencies.
We will likely also recommend you incorporate some healthy foot care habits into your daily workout routine, including changes in footwear and properly warming up and stretching before activity.
In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a sports injury. And if that becomes the case for you, we will discuss exactly what surgery will look like so you can move forward with treatment feeling confident.
Don’t Let a Sports Injury Keep You Sidelined
Whether you suffered an ankle sprain, or your heels complain every time you get moving, do something about it today! The sooner you get the treatment you need, the easier it will be for us to get you back to doing the activities you love most.
All you have to do is give our office a call at (281) 292-7000 to schedule an appointment, or simply fill out our online contact form to have a member of our staff reach out to you.
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