Knowing how to handle a sports-related foot injury right away will prevent long-term consequences.
While no athlete wants to think about injuries, unfortunately, they are all too common. Luckily, your Houston, TX podiatrists are here to make sure you get back on your feet in no time. Find out the best ways to treat your sports injury and when you may require more professional care.
For acute or minor sports injuries your Houston, TX foot doctor will often recommend following these at-home measures for treating your condition:
Either through splinting or other forms of support it can limit movement of the injured areas of the foot to speed up healing. This can be helpful for patients dealing with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis but may not be right for everyone so be sure to check with us about the best way to support your injury.
This is one of the most important things you can do for your body to allow it time to heal. By staying off your foot or ankle, you help facilitate faster healing and lessen the chances of aggravating the injury.
All athletes should know when to take a break and allow their injury time to heal before going back into training. By not resting you risk turning smaller issues into more long-term or serious problems.
Icing an injury is a pretty well known component to any treatment because it can easily reduce inflammation, pain and swelling. How you decide to apply ice is completely up to you. Most of the time ice is placed into a plastic bag and wrapped with a towel but you may also choose to use premade ice packs. Just make sure that there is some protection between the ice and your skin so you don’t cause severe burns.
Never ice for more than 15 minutes at a time. Also, allow the skin to come back to its normal temperature before icing again.
While you are taking the time to rest it’s also advised that when you put your feet up that you elevate it above your heart to reduce swelling and pain. Whenever you aren’t on your feet make sure to follow this simple rule.
Call us if:
- Your pain becomes severe or doesn’t ease up with medication
- An old injury causes pain or begins to swell
- You can’t put any weight on the foot
- A joint in your foot or ankle gives way or feels unstable
Don’t let pain and other symptoms affect your life. Turn to Podiatry Associates of Houston and let’s create an individualized treatment plan to combat your sports injury. Call us!