FAQ - Sports Injuries
How can I speed up my recovery from a sports injury?
When you have a sports injury—anything from Achilles tendinitis to turf toe—icing is often recommended. Cold
therapy helps keep down the swelling and edema (collection of fluids in the area) which can cause pain. It also reduces inflammation and slows down bleeding from damaged capillaries. Additionally, the cold can numb the area to pain and decrease muscle spasms. Icing is especially important in the first two or three days after an injury.
Once initial symptoms are relieved, or for chronic muscle stiffness, tension, and achiness, heat therapy can be beneficial. It helps loosen muscles, soothe the aches, and help the tissues heal. Applying warm damp towels or a microwavable rice pack for 15 minutes at a time, several times a day, can give your body’s healing properties a boost.
One new therapy that we have had success with is K-laser treatment. These concentrated light waves help promote cell activity and increase circulation to rush healing nutrients to where they are needed. Call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York today and schedule an appointment. You can reach us in Plainview at (516) 822-9595, in Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, and in Flushing at (718) 969-2266.
What is sesamoiditis?
Your sesamoids are two small, round bones that lie in the tendons under the base of your big toe. This puts them in a position for a lot of stress, as they aid you in pushing off for each step and bear the brunt of landing from jumps. Sesamoiditis occurs when pressure against them causes them to become irritated, inflamed, or even fractured. The surrounding tendons can also become inflamed. The pain from this overuse injury is usually dull and intermittent. You may notice it more when wearing certain shoes or after doing certain activities. Usually the condition is treated conservatively with strict resting, icing, and off-loading of the pressure with shoe modifications or metatarsal pads. If the pain does not go away or gets worse, contact Aadvanced Foot Care Associates by calling our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, the Flushing location at (718) 969-2266, or Plainview at (516) 822-9595. You can also request an appointment on our website. We offer state-of-the-art treatment modalities to handle all your foot problems.
What causes turf toe?
Turf toe causes are usually associated with activities that involve running or jumping—not necessarily on turf. It is a sprain of the ligaments of the toe, and it can happen any time your big toe gets bent too far beyond its normal range of motion. It usually is a sudden injury, such as a dancer landing hard on the toe or a football or soccer player whose cleats get stuck in the turf as they push off for a sprint. Both landing and pushing off can allow the toe to be bent backwards too far, stretching or tearing the ligaments that hold it in place. Your big toe may swell up, becoming painful and difficult to move.
Aadvanced Foot Care Associates offers superior care for all types of sports injuries. Call one of our New York offices at these numbers today: (718) 896-4433 for Rego Park, (718) 969-2266 for Flushing, and (516) 822-9595 for Plainview.
How are shin splints treated?
Treatment for shin splints used to take two forms: total rest, or running through them. Neither was a great option for runners; the first usually resulted in loss of conditioning, and the second in further injury. A new method—a multi-faceted approach—involves some of both: rest from running, but doing other activities like pool running or stationary bike. Combined with icing, taking anti-inflammatory meds (only if prescribed by your doctor), finding the right support for your feet, and exercising your lower legs through stretching and strengthening exercises, this method usually heals shin splints within 2-3 weeks.
Need more good news? You can ease into running again. Half your normal distance at an easy pace on even terrain would be a starting point, and don’t increase the pace for several weeks until you’re fully healed. For all your foot problems, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates at our offices in Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Flushing (718) 969-2266, or Plainview (516) 822-9595 for expert care.
How do I know if my Achilles tendon is ruptured?
The following symptoms might indicate an Achilles tendon rupture: a pop or snap when you injure it, intense pain, and not being able to rise up on your toes or walk without a limp. Bruising and swelling in the ankle area are also common. You are more at risk if you have had an Achilles injury before, have suddenly increased your activity level, or have recently taken antibiotics or had a corticosteroid injection.
Whenever you have pain in the back of your ankle, it’s best to have the experts at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates take a look. We can examine you for a gap in the tendon and use an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound test to confirm the diagnosis. Ignoring a ruptured Achilles tendon can mean a lifetime of chronic problems, so don’t ignore it. Call one of our offices today: Rego Park at (718) 896-4433 Plainview at (516) 822-9595, and Flushing at (718) 969-2266.
Why does the top of my foot hurt?
If your top of foot pain is in the area just ahead of your ankle, a condition called extensor tendonitis may be to blame. This happens when the extensor tendons that connect muscles in your shins to the tops of your toe bones become irritated and inflamed. You should always have us check your foot, though, because it is also possible that you have fractured one of the metatarsal bones.
Extensor tendonitis is an overuse injury and can result from suddenly increasing your running routine–especially adding hills or incline running on a treadmill. The tendons lie across your foot bones and are susceptible to any type of pressure on the top of your foot. That’s why it is important not to wear shoes that are too snug across the instep or are laced too tightly.
If you feel pain on the top of your foot during or after your run, call Aadvanced Foot Care Associates and set up an appointment to have us check it out. Call (516) 822-9595 for our Plainview, NY, office, (718) 969-2266 for Flushing, and (718) 896-4433 for our Rego Park location, or schedule online through our website for expert foot care.
Can I still be active with a stress fracture?
Stress fractures are more prone to happen if you do a lot of running or play sports, and you may not welcome the thought of putting everything on hold while your foot recovers. However, it is very important that you don’t do anything involving impact to the foot and ankle before the bone is healed, and that usually takes about 6 or 8 weeks.
You don’t need to sit around watching cable or playing video games all day, however. There are many ways of staying active with a broken foot, including, swimming, yoga, strength training or weights, upper body cardio machines, or renting a knee walker or seated scooter for the duration.
When you come in to our office to have the injury looked at, ask us what types of activities would be best for you. Our podiatrists treat lots of sports injuries like these and can help you choose what is appropriate for the location and severity of your fracture.
Call us at one of our New York locations below if you suspect you have broken a bone in your foot or ankle. We’ll guide you through the entire healing process with the latest treatments and good advice.