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Whether you’re a regular participant in sports or compete in athletics part-time, you're at a higher risk of experiencing foot or ankle sports injuries in Meredith and Concord, NH. At Affiliates in Podiatry, PC, Dr. Jeffery Davis, Dr. Thomas Detwiller and Dr. William McCann and our team are ready to help prevent, diagnose and treat common foot and ankle sports injuries.
Common Sports Injuries in the Foot and Ankle
From ankle sprains to Achilles tendon injuries to heel pain, people who participate in sports are at a higher risk of developing a foot or ankle injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one in four sports injuries occurs in the ankle and foot. Here are some of the most common sports injuries patients experience in Meredith and Concord, NH.
A sudden twisting or jerking of the foot usually causes ligaments that surround the ankle to stretch or tear. Pain from sprained ankles is moderate to severe, and it can make it difficult for a person to stand or walk correctly. In most cases, a sprained ankle heals on its own in one to three weeks, depending on the severity of the injury.
If you repeatedly run on hard surfaces, you're at a higher risk of developing heel spurs. Protrusions on the heel bone cause calcium deposits to form, leading to discomfort and pain, and athletes with misaligned arches are at a higher risk of developing the condition.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of your feet. The tissue connects your heels to your toes. Intense running or poor shoe support can cause inflammation of this tissue (known as plantar fasciitis), resulting in moderate to severe heel pain.
The muscle that runs from your heel to your calf is the Achilles tendon. Athletes are prone to injuring this muscle when they're involved in intense activities. Overuse can inflame the muscle, resulting in tendonitis. The primary symptom is a popping noise with accompanying pain in the lower leg.
Whether you’re a regular participant in sports or limit your athletic endeavors to the occasional jog, it's important to know which sports injuries in Meredith and Concord, NH you're at most risk of developing. Contact us today at Affiliates in Podiatry, PC and speak with our team and Dr. Davis, Dr. Detwiller or Dr. McCann by calling (603) 225-5281 (Concord) or (603) 279-0330.
What are the types of fractures?
There are different kinds of foot fractures based on the type of bone that’s impacted. Fractures can impact the toes, heel, sesamoid bone, and metatarsal bone, as well as the ankles. Stress fractures are hairline fractures that occur as a result of repeated stress placed on the foot. This is common in athletes.
What are the warning signs of a fractured foot?
There are certain symptoms to be on the lookout for if you suspect that you might have a fractured foot. Some signs of a foot fracture include:
- Pain that gets worse with movement
- Limited mobility or restricted range of motion
- Trouble bearing weight on the injured foot
- Deformity or misshapen foot
How is a fractured foot treated?
- Ample rest
- Pain relievers to alleviate pain and swelling
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Specialized exercises
- Protective shoe or boot
- Casting, crutches, or immobilization (for more severe fractures)
How your podiatrists in Meredith, and Concord, NH, can help when you experience a sports injury.
Even if you are in great shape, sports injuries can happen, especially to your extremities. Your feet, ankles, and toes may be affected due to inadequate protection. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help when you experience a sports injury.
Drs. Jeffery Davis, Thomas Detwiller, and William McCann at Affiliates in Podiatry offer comprehensive foot and ankle services, including treatment of sports injuries.
If you play a sport, you need to know the facts about sports injuries. These are just a few commonly asked questions and answers about sports injuries:
What can I do to prevent a sports injury?
Fortunately, you can do a lot to prevent sports injuries to your feet or ankles. Remember to:
- Always wear appropriate footwear for the activity you are doing
- Start out slowly, especially if you are new to the sport
- Stretch thoroughly to boost circulation and increase flexibility
- Rest frequently, especially if you haven’t been active
What are some common sports injuries to the feet and ankles?
- Plantar fasciitis, caused by inflammation of the band of tissue on your heel
- Shin splints, caused by inflammation of the tibia, the large bone in front of your leg
- Foot and ankle fractures, caused by trauma from contact sports
- Achilles’ tendonitis, caused by overuse and excessive foot stress
What can I do at home to heal from a sports injury?
Minor sports injuries may be treated at home. You can try:
- Icing the area to reduce swelling
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Resting and taking the weight off your feet and ankles
How can my podiatrist help with a sports injury?
Your podiatrist is an expert at treating sports injuries affecting your feet, ankles, and toes. Common professional treatments include:
- Custom orthotics or footwear to protect your feet
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
- Assistive devices including casts, walking boots, or crutches
- Stretching and physical therapy to increase mobility
- Surgical treatment to realign bones in your feet or ankles
To learn more about the types and treatment of sports injuries and how your podiatrist can help, call Drs. Jeffery Davis, Thomas Detwiller, and William McCann at Affiliates in Podiatry. You can reach them in Meredith, NH, at (603) 279-0330, or in Concord, NH, by calling (603) 225-5281, so call today.
What is a corn?
A corn is a buildup of skin that occurs when there is repeated friction or pressure placed on the skin. This buildup of skin helps to protect the skin underneath. Corns most commonly develop on the side or tops of the toes and can be either hard or soft. Soft corns often appear between the toes while hard corns typically form on the tops of the toes. While both corns and calluses are thickened areas of skin, calluses are often larger and typically develop on the bottoms of the feet.
Who is more at risk for developing corns?
Certain factors can make someone prone to corns and calluses. These include:
- Wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow
- Having certain foot conditions that alter its structural alignments such as arthritis, bunions, or hammertoes
- Wearing shoes without socks
- Being a smoker
If you are a healthy individual, then simple lifestyle changes and home care can help to improve your corn. Soak the area for 5-10 minutes to soften the area. You may use a pumice stone to gently remove some of the thickened layers of skin. Make sure not to be too aggressive or to remove too much, as this can lead to bleeding and even infection. After pumicing the area, make sure to apply a moisturizer to your feet. If you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, do not try the pumice or remove the corn yourself. A podiatrist can provide you with the proper treatment.
Make sure you are wearing properly fitted shoes at all times. This can cut down on the number of corns or calluses you’ll deal with. Keep nails properly trimmed so they don’t rub against toes and cause corns. If certain areas of your feet are prone to corns, you may wish to apply protective adhesive padding to the area either to protect the corn or to prevent a new one from forming.
If you notice any changes to a corn, including signs of infection, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist right away for care. While most corns will go away if you avoid any shoes that cause pressure or friction to the area, you should turn to a foot doctor if you have concerns.
Why Splinters Need to be Removed
Regardless of whether the splinter is wood, glass, or even a plant thorn, you must remove it from the foot as soon as possible. Why? Because these foreign objects also contain germs, which can lead to an infection if the splinter isn’t promptly and fully removed.
How to Remove a Splinter Yourself
You probably have all the tools you need at home to remove a splinter safely. Of course, it’s important to go over the basics of safe splinter removal. Here are tips for safely removing the splinter:
- Soak the foot in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin
- Wash your hands thoroughly before removing the splinter
- Once the skin has softened in the water, see if you can squeeze the splinter out by simply applying pressure to both sides (like you would a pimple)
- If squeezing doesn’t work, you can use tweezers or a sewing needle to remove the foreign object (just make sure to disinfect these tools first with rubbing alcohol)
- If the splinter cannot be grabbed with tweezers, use the needle to create a small opening around the splinter to make it easier to grab
- Be gentle and careful when removing the splinter to avoid breaking it
While a splinter often isn’t a big deal there will be situations in which turning to a podiatric physician will be the best option. You should turn to one if:
- You aren’t able to remove the splinter or foreign object yourself
- The area becomes red, tender, swollen, or contains pus (signs of infection)
- You feel like there’s a splinter but you can’t see it
- You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet (do not try to remove a splinter yourself)
- The splinter is too deep or too painful
- Your child is too squeamish or won’t sit still so you can remove the splinter