If the sunny weather we are finally getting here in Connecticut is getting you back on your feet and active outside again, it’s important to take every precaution to keep your feet safe. The professionals here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers know that it’s important to keep an active lifestyle to stay happy and healthy. We also know the risks involved in certain sports.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior, or a pro athlete, be on the lookout for these common sports injuries and you’ll stay in the game:
A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries associated with sports. It occurs when your ankle’s ligaments – the bands of tissue that connect the bones in your feet – are stretched or torn. Sprains can happen from a fall, a sudden twist, or a trauma that pushes the ankle joint in an unnatural position.
Ankle sprains must be evaluated and treated as soon as possible by a podiatrist. To prevent any further damage, elevate the foot and take your weight off of it. Ice can also prevent swelling until you see a foot doctor. Your doctor will likely take an x-ray of the ankle and prescribe physical therapy or medication. In very severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the damaged ligaments.
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the surface of the bones in your feet. They often occur in the heel from repeatedly jumping or running on hard surfaces. Basketball players often suffer from stress fractures.
It’s important to rest if you experience a stress fracture. Constantly putting weight on the affected area – especially partaking in the sport that caused it – can greatly delay the healing process. Shoes with extra padding can help take the pressure off, but crutches might also be necessary. If a stress fracture continues to hurt, your foot doctor can assess and help decide what further treatment is needed.
The Achilles tendon is one of the most common areas to tear or rupture, causing severe pain, bruising, and swelling, referred to as Achilles Tendonitis. It is often caused by a sudden increase in a repetitive activity, like jumping or running. Stretching is a great, but not foolproof, preventative tool.
To treat this painful condition, rest is necessary. Icing the affected tendon can help reduce swelling in the early stages. Your podiatrist might prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, or suggest orthotics or night splints. Physical therapy might also help to regain strength in the tendon.
If you’re experiencing any pain in your foot, contact our knowledgeable doctors here at at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. We can help to get to the bottom of the issue and get you on your way to healthy feet. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!