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.