Care And Treatment Of Sports Injuries
Sport and exercise are important aspects of a healthy lifestyle but as with any form of physical activity, they can put extra stress on areas of our bodies, such as our feet, increasing the chance of injury. Sports injuries are very common but it’s important to get them looked at quickly and professionally to ensure that they heal properly.
Here at Comp Ortho, we are able to treat a number of sport-related foot injuries and will help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.
4 Most Common Types of Sport Injury
Although we should be aiming for 10,000 steps a day, the average person takes approximately 5000. Although 5000 is half the recommended amount of steps a person should take in a day, each step still puts a tremendous force on the foot, a force that is only increased with excess weight. When a person’s activity increases to include activities such as running or jumping this force is magnified once again, increasing the risk of injury and the chance that a person may need to seek help from a podiatrist.
There are a wide variety of foot sports injuries that can occur during sport but 4 of the most common are:
The plantar fascia is a piece of connective tissue that lies between the heel and the forefoot at the sole of the foot. This piece of tissue can become tight or torn when it experiences an excessive force, leading to severe pain and discomfort. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common sources of heel pain in adults.
Tendinitis of the Achilles
The Achilles tendon is found at the back of the ankle and is the strongest tendon in the body. With excessive use, the Achilles tendon can become overworked and inflamed leading to a condition referred to as Achilles tendinitis. The pain associated with Achilles tendinitis is often worse at the start of physical activity and lessons thereafter but that doesn’t mean the tendinitis has gone away.
Turf toe is a common foot injury associated with football and other sports that are played on the turfed ground. Turf Toe occurs when the big toe is elevated too high causing a sprain in the ligaments and can cause difficulties walking.
Sever’s disease is a condition that is very common in adolescents and although it isn’t necessarily caused by sport it can be aggravated by it. The condition occurs when the heel bone reaches physical maturity before the Achilles tendon leading to inflammation and pain in the heel.
Preventing and Treating Sports Injuries
It’s never going to be possible to prevent sports injuries completely, but athletes can help to reduce their risk of becoming injured by warming up properly, ensuring that they are in good enough physical condition to carry out the sport, abiding by the rules, wearing the correct footwear and taking enough rest.
If however a sports-related foot injury does occur then don’t panic as <insert name here> are here to get you back on your feet and back in the game.
The vast majority of sports injuries can be treated without the need for surgery through conservative options such as:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help to reduce inflammation and ease pain, allowing the foot to heal naturally.
Orthotic devices, such as insoles, are customized to work with your feet to help control motion or to cushion the foot. Some orthotic devices can be purchased over the counter while others may need to be made professionally to fit your foot.
A lot of sports injuries can be treated with good old RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, which together give your body the time it needs to heal itself.
In the unlikely event that your sports injury does require surgery then we will sit down with you to discuss an action plan and how best to get you back up and running in as little time as possible.
How can we help?
Although no one wants to get hurt whilst playing sport, accidents do happen and we are here to help. Our team of highly qualified and experienced podiatrists will provide you with the care you need to treat your sports-related injury and will be able to discuss how you can protect yourself to stop it happening again. To find out more or to book an appointment, please give us a call or chat with one of our sports injury reps today!