Are you anxious to get back on your feet after a sports injury? Returning to your activity too soon can delay healing and even worsen your problem. Dr. David Blumfield, Dr. Michael Mineo, Dr. Jorge Matuk and Dr. Maria Buitrago in Houston, TX, explain how to handle your sports injury.
Take it easy
Your body often does a remarkable job of healing itself if you give it enough time. Often, a week or two of resting and limiting the time you spend on your feet may be all you need to do to recover from your injury. Over-the-counter pain medications and ice will reduce inflammation that can worsen pain.
When rest doesn't solve your problem
Although rest can be very effective, it's not the ideal solution for every foot or ankle injury. If you have severe pain, bleeding or a clearly broken bone, you'll need to receive treatment immediately after your sports injury. You may need stitches, a boot or cast, or even surgery if you have a fracture or other severe injury.
A sprained ankle may seem like a minor injury, but if your pain doesn't improve after two weeks, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment at one of our Houston area offices. A walking boot or crutches may be needed to take pressure off your ankle and allow healing to occur. You may also benefit from physical therapy sessions if the muscles that support your ankle joint are weak. Although surgery isn't usually required, it may be needed if your ankle has become unstable due to your injury.
Achilles tendon problems are very common in athletes. If you experience pain or stiffness in your heel, don't ignore it. Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of your Achilles tendon, can eventually cause a rupture in the tendon if you don't stay off your feet. Ruptures can also occur suddenly if you're involved in an activity that involves running or jumping. Immobilizing your foot and ankle in a cast or brace, in addition to using a heel lift and participating in physical therapy, can be helpful. In some cases, you may also need surgery.
Heel pain is also common if you have retrocalcaneal bursitis. Steroid injections, physical therapy or ultrasound treatment may help decrease your pain and help you get back to your sport or activity.
Proper treatment is essential when you suffer a sports injury. If you're probably isn't getting better, call Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, TX, at one of these offices: Chimney Rock (713) 467-0287, Memorial City (713) 467-1299, Katy (281) 579-0186 or Willowbrook (832) 912-7792.