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Know when to see a podiatrist for your sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
You probably don’t think about it often, but your feet are a crucial part of being physically active. While exercise is incredibly good for health and wellbeing, it can also take quite the toll on your feet and ankles. It’s important to recognize what sports injuries and symptoms warrant seeing our Houston, TX, podiatrists for treatment.
What are the most common sports injuries?
While our Houston podiatrists see a lot of sports injuries day in and day out at the office, there are some fairly common ones that are worth noting. For one, ankle sprains make it to the top of the list. In fact, about 25,000 Americans sprain their ankles every day!
Along with sprained ankles, we also see,
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Stress fractures
- Turf toe and broken toes
- Shin splints
How do I handle a sports injury?
It’s important that you take time to rest and that you don’t rush back into playing any sports until you have had time to heal. This may only take a couple of days, depending on the type and severity of your injury. Along with rest, it’s important to ice, elevate and apply compression. While you will want to avoid most physical activities, you may choose to stretch or perform certain therapeutic exercises that can help improve mobility and functionality in the feet and ankles.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you don’t see pain and inflammation going away within 24 hours of rest and home care, then it’s time to see one of our podiatrists. It’s also important that you see a podiatrist right away if,
- You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
- You can’t put weight on the injured foot
- You notice changes in the structure or shape of your foot or ankle
- You heard a snapping or popping sound at the time of injury
- You notice numbness, weakness or tingling in the foot or ankle
Podiatry Associates of Houston provides treatment and care to patients dealing with everything from sports injuries to arthritis in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook and Woodlands, TX. If you need to schedule an evaluation with us for a sports-related injury, call (713) 666-0287 for 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.
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.
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!