Participating in sports involving running and/or jumping on hard surfaces puts one at more risk for injury than low impact sports, such as golfing or swimming. The truth is that if you participate in any sport, you will likely sustain an injury at some point. The most common foot injuries are plantar fasciitis, neuroma, turf toe, heel spurs, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Plantar fasciitis happens when the band of tissue supporting the arch of the foot becomes inflamed or torn. A neuroma is a pinched nerve in the ball of the foot. Turf toe is caused by repeated hypertension of the big toe joint. A heel spur is when the plantar fascia stretches away from the heel and a bony calcium deposit forms on the bottom of the heel bone. A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone and happens when a bone cannot absorb the stress of repetitive impact. Achilles tendonitis is due to overuse, and the large tendon running from the bottom of the foot to the ankle is overstretched. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is when the posterior tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel becomes compressed. Wearing well-fitted supportive shoes, stretching before sports participation, and not overdoing activity can help prevent such injuries. Resting after an injury before reengaging in the sport is vital. If you feel pain or have endured a sports-related injury, please consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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 our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.