During the season, practices, tournaments and games take up most of an athlete’s time. However, an athlete’s work is never done. After the season ends, off-season training takes place. Due to this busy schedule, the feet may be the last thing on an athlete’s mind. However, preventing athletic injuries from happening in the first place is just as important as treating them after the fact. Learn more about foot and ankle athletic injuries with help from your Houston, TX podiatrist at Podiatry Associates of Houston.
What are some common athletic foot and ankle injuries?
One of the easiest ways to prevent athletic injuries is to wear the proper shoes for the sport you play. Replace your shoes once they begin to show signs of wear or at least once a season. Be sure to stretch and properly warm up before any physically strenuous activities like practices or games. In high-impact or very fast-paced sports, all the tackling, fast starts and stops, jumping and running easily causes trauma or overuse injuries to the foot or ankle. Common sports-related injuries include:
- plantar fasciitis
- stress fractures
- turf toe
What should I expect at my examination in Houston?
A regular examination begins with a physical exam, during which your doctor will probably want to gather information about your lifestyle, sport, medical history and family history. Imaging techniques like x-rays and MRIs help your podiatrist see inside of your foot and ankle to find abnormalities in their bones, muscles, tendons and other connective tissues. Your doctor will ask you questions to get to the root of your problem. Together, you will work toward a diagnosis and determine the right treatment plan for you.
How are sports-related injuries and conditions treated?
Your doctor will probably begin treatment for existing conditions with conservative treatments like rest, ice and elevating the foot. If these treatments prove unsuccessful, injection therapy, custom-made orthotics which fit inside of the shoe or a brace may be more beneficial to your condition or in preventing further injury. In more severe situations, your doctor may recommend foot or ankle surgery to correct your condition.
For more information on keeping your feet healthy this season, please contact Podiatry Associates of Houston in Houston, TX. Call (713) 666-0287 to schedule your foot examination today!