Understanding Sports Injuries
Podiatry Associates of Houston addresses your sports injury with acumen and honesty. The most commonly suffered injuries are due to over-use or strain from unusual use of your muscles, tendons, and fascia – the sausage-like casing for your muscles. You may have suffered from a stress fracture playing soccer, Achilles tendinitis from training for a marathon, an ankle sprain from stepping across an uneven sidewalk, or heel spurs from playing tennis at the country club.
Sports Injuries and Taking a Break
While staying active adds to your overall health, sometimes a sports injurycan sideline you temporarily. In these cases, it’s best to seek the care and attention of a doctor that can properly address the damage, and get you healed and back to your favorite activity as fast as possible. No one who is accustomed to staying active wants to sit out their next game or take too long off from a training regime, but if an injury goes ignored, it can keep you out of your “game” of fitness far longer than you anticipated.
Duration for Healing
The body is a self-healing wonder, but it needs proper support to repair bones, muscles, and ligaments. Most minor foot injuries, called "grade one injuries" will heal in a few weeks to a month, but more severe injuries will require anywhere from 8 weeks to 8 months to repair, depending on whether surgery is required. Early detection of a sports injury can help ensure that you’re on a path to healing and that you don’t lose mobility and muscle use forever, only temporarily.
How to Detect a Minor Sports Injury
When you experience a major injury, you’ll know it. The pain can be immense. Minor sports injuries can be harder to detect and therefore easier to ignore. The best way to detect if you have a minor sports injury is to listen to your body. If you notice something doesn’t feel right, or your normal activity level is somewhat inhibited by strain, lack of movement, lack of flexibility, or other sensations you may chalk up to simply over-training, don’t hesitate to seek a doctor’s opinion and care.