Do your feet or ankles hurt when you run or play your favorite sports? Your Houston, TX, podiatrists at Podiatry Associates of Houston offer treatments that will relieve your pain. Visit them at five convenient Houston area offices - Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook, or Woodlands.
When to call the podiatrist
It's a good idea to visit your Houston, TX, area podiatrist at the Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook or Woodlands office for sports injury treatment if:
- You are in severe pain
- You're foot or ankle looks deformed
- You can't put any weight on your foot or have difficulty walking or standing
- Your sports injury isn't getting better after a week or two of home treatment
- You keep re-injuring your foot or ankle
Treating sports injuries
Working through the pain isn't a good idea if you have an injury, particularly if you've hurt your foot or ankle. If you don't treat injuries when they first happen, you may increase your risk of developing chronic pain or even joint instability. Fortunately, the treatments your podiatrist offers for these common sports injuries will help you protect your feet and ankles:
- Sprained Ankle: Although sprains often get better on their own in a week or two, moderate to severe sprains can take longer to heal. If you've sprained your ankle or foot, your podiatrist may recommend using a walking boot and crutches or strengthening and stretching the muscles that support your ankle with physical therapy.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can affect athletes who play or run on hard surfaces, wear unsupportive shoes or have tight calf muscles. The condition causes inflammation in the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Depending on the severity, plantar fasciitis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, night splints, physical therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, cortisone injections and other treatments.
- Other Injuries: Your podiatrist can also help you manage other sports injuries, including Achilles tendonitis and tears, retrocalcaneal bursitis, fractures, stone bruises and shin splints.
Don't let a sports injury keep you off your feet! Schedule a visit with the Houston, TX, foot doctors at Podiatry Associates of Houston. Call (713) 666-0287 to reach the Chimney Rock office, (713) 467-1299 for the Memorial City office, (281) 579-0186 for the Katy office, (832) 912-7792 for the Willowbrook office or (281) 849-9891 for the Woodlands office.