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Did a Sports Injury Take You Out of the Game? Get Off the Bench and Back in Action!

What’s your favorite sport? Whether you love running up and down the basketball court, or going out for a morning run each day, one thing is certain: you don’t want an injury to get in your way of enjoying your favorite activity.

No matter your skill level, you are an athlete and you are passionate about your favorite sport. Injuries that take you off the court, out of the gym, or off your feet are detrimental. It’s times like these that you need treatment to help you regain your strength and get moving again!

HFAA Can Help You Recover Faster From Your Sports Injury

It’s an unfortunate reality that sports injuries happen. No matter how careful, how much you stress, or how good of form you have, an injury can happen in a split second or slowly over time.

When you’re hurt, the first thing you must do is stop your activity. As painful as this may be, it is crucial to your long-term recovery. Depending on how you’re injured you may or may not need the help of a podiatrist. Here are a few of the most common types of sports injuries and the treatments available.

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is located on the back part of your leg and ankle. It is instrumental in helping you run, jump, and perform in any type of sport. The more you use it, the more likely it is to become inflamed, limiting your mobility.

If you notice limited movement or extreme pain in your tendon, it’s important that you immediately rest, ice, and elevate your leg. You might also try taking some over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. If that does not help, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Melissa J. Lockwood for further care.

Ankle Sprain

There are two different types of ankle sprains. Low ankle sprains occur when you twist your ankle beyond its natural rotation ability. High ankle sprains happen when a strong force, such as a tackle, pushes it outside of its natural rotation.

Both are dangerous and require professional treatment right away. Low ankle sprains will usually recover on their own with ice, elevation, and rest. High ankle sprains might require more extensive treatment from a podiatrist, because these are usually the most severe.

Pain in the Bottom of Your Feet

If you experience severe pain in the bottom of your feet after your favorite activity, there might be a few causes:

  • Plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the tendon that runs across the bottom of your feet.
  • Metatarsalgia, which is a pain in the ball of your feet.

For both of these injuries, rest and ice can help you get relief. If it continues, you might need to see a podiatrist for more advanced treatment.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures happen over time. They are small breaks in your bones that occur after repetitive impact. They are most common among runners and athletes in high impact sports where the constant pounding can cause the bone to crack.

Turf Toe

Turf toe is a sprain of your big toe. Although it might not sound like a very serious injury, it can be painful enough to keep you off your feet for days or weeks.

Get Treatment to Get Back in the Game

Ready to get back to doing the sports or activities you love? Call 309.661.9975 to book an appointment with Dr. Lockwood and Dr. Spencer and get back in action fast!

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