Did a sports injury take you out of the game? Get off the bench & back in action!
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 activities!
Unfortunately, athletes can be stubborn. We have a bad tendency to underestimate our injuries and try to be tough, “walk them off,” and play through them. In the end, though, that will only prolong the pain—and potentially turn a minor injury into a major one!
We feel the passion, too, which is why we’ve invested in several advanced therapies designed to help active people get back to work and play as fast as possible—usually without surgery!
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!
Common Foot & Ankle Sports Injuries
Here are a few of the most common types of sports injuries and the treatments available. This is certainly not a complete list.
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.
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 thick band of tissue that runs along 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.
Shin splints refer to pain on either side of the leg bone that is caused by muscle or tendon inflammation. The problem is usually related to a collapsing arch, but may be caused by a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg.
Proper stretching before and after exercise and sports, corrective shoes, or orthotics (corrective shoe inserts) can help prevent shin splints.
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.
Treating stress fractures may require a lot of discipline, since the symptoms may disappear before the bones have fully healed. Going back to your old routine too soon will only cause a recurrence of the injury, so following your doctor’s advice to the letter is very important.
Get Treatment To Get Back In The Game
Whether you are a high-performance collegiate or professional athlete, or a “weekend warrior” trying to get a few games in when you get a break from work, we know your passion is the same. And our passion for helping you get better quickly is just as strong!
Ready to get back to doing the sports or activities you love? Call (309) 661-9975 to book an appointment with Dr. Lockwood and get back in action fast!