Find Expert Help When Sports Injuries Slow You Down
Sports and contests are simply fun. Whether you are cheering on your son or daughter’s soccer team or going for a run yourself to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors, activity is addicting. It can also be risky, because many things can happen to your feet and ankles when you are active. Sports injuries can put a damper on your activity and your spirits, but Aadvanced Foot Care Associates offers expert treatment to get you back in the game.
Common Sports Injuries and Their Causes
Acute injuries happen suddenly, from one particular impact or motion. Overuse injuries happen from repeated movement over time. Both, however, can be extremely painful and debilitating. Here are the types of injuries we see most often at our office:
Sprains and Strains – Whether you twist your ankle or pull a calf muscle, these injuries happen when ligaments, tendons, and muscles are pulled or stretched beyond their normal range of motion. A sprain is usually caused by a sudden movement, and you can often hear something pop or snap as it occurs. Ankle sprains and turf toe are two common problems that can cause immediate pain, swelling, and limited movement. A strained muscle can cramp up, swell, and cause a stabbing pain when you try to move it.
Fractures – A sudden impact can cause one of the bones in your feet or legs to break. Broken toes are one common example. However, you can also develop stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the surface of your bones, from repeated trauma to them over time. These are often caused when your muscles are too tired to absorb the shock of your steps, and then the impact is transferred to the bone instead. Metatarsal stress fractures often happen when playing sports.
Achilles Tendon Disorders – The ropy cord at the back of your ankle is your largest and strongest tendon in your body, but it is not invincible. Overuse can cause it to stretch, tear, rupture, or become inflamed (Achilles tendinitis), all of which can be very painful. You can also develop Achilles bursitis in the protective sac that cushions between the tendon and your heel bone. Anyone who runs, jumps, or stands a lot all day is susceptible, and the risk increases if you have tight calf muscles, which is why stretching is so important.
Heel and Arch Pain – These are some of the most common complaints of athletes and can be caused by several conditions. One is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament under your foot. In children, heel pain is often caused by Sever’s disease, a problem with the growth plate in the heel and tight Achilles tendons. Fallen arches caused by posterior tibial tendinitis can also cause discomfort in the heel and arch. All of these are a result of strain that causes damage to your ligaments, tendons, or bones, and athletic activities often provide that stress.
Other common sports injuries include:
- Black Toenails
- Corns and Calluses
- Hallux Rigidus
- Ingrown Toenails
Expert Treatment for Sports Injuries
Taking care of athletes is one of our specialties and we enjoy finding the right treatment to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet. That may include home remedies like RICE therapy (Resting, Icing, Compressing, and Elevating your injured foot). We may also recommend the correct anti-inflammatory medication for your situation, or provide walking boots or casts if the injury is more serious. We can also provide excellent surgical treatment should it prove necessary.
One of the newer treatments we have found to be very helpful, especially for ligament and tendon damage, is laser therapy with our advanced K-laser program. Concentrated light waves focus on the damaged area to improve circulation, jump-start your cell metabolism, and speed up healing. If you have sustained any type of injury, give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call at one of our three New York locations—Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, Flushing at (718) 969-2266, or Plainview at (516) 822-9595—and set up an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment online.