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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.
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.
Learn more about the three most common foot and ankle injuries.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, a weekend warrior, or trying to keep your child injury-free while active this year, it’s important to speak with our New Hampshire, podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Davis, Dr. Thomas Detwiller, and Dr. William McCann about ways to reduce your risk for injury. Of course, injuries can still happen. Here are the top three most common sports injuries we see here in Concord and Meredith, NH, and how to treat them,
This is the most common cause of heel pain, particularly in athletes (even though anyone can develop plantar fasciitis). It often appears over time as a result of overuse. The good news is that rest is the best way to heal this type of inflammatory sports injury. You can also manage it with ice, pain relievers, and bracing/wrapping the arches of your feet. If heel pain subsists or gets worse after a week, it’s a good idea to have your sports injuries evaluated by our Concord and Meredith, NH, foot doctors.
Another cause of heel pain, Achilles tendonitis also goes away with ample rest. You’ll be able to tell the difference between plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis because the pain originates above the heelbone (the Achilles tendon) rather than below the heel bone (plantar fasciitis). You can easily treat this condition the same way you do plantar fasciitis. If symptoms persist or get worse, give us a call.
Ankles are surprisingly delicate, so it’s no surprise that ankle sprains and injuries are some of the most common sports injuries our Concord and Meredith, NH, podiatric team sees. Those who suddenly increase the type of intensity of their training, as well as those who have overworked or fatigued muscles are more prone to ankle sprains.
If you develop pain, tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion in the ankle after an injury or fall, it’s important that you see your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Treatment will depend on the severity of your sprain, ranging from rest and icing to physical therapy and crutches.
If you are dealing with sports injuries here in Concord or Meredith, NH, it’s important that you have a foot care specialist who is there for you.
Call Affiliates in Podiatry at Concord, NH (603) 225-5281 and Meredith, NH at (603) 279-0330 to schedule an immediate evaluation.
Have a sports injury? Improper gear, poor training practices, or accidents can cause sports injuries. Not warming up or stretching before playing sports or working out can also lead to sports injuries. Affiliates In Podiatry, which has offices in Meredith and Concord, NH, offers treatments for a variety of sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
Common Sports Injuries
Strains and sprains. The most common types of sports injuries are strains and sprains. A strain is a tear or stretch that happens in a tendon or muscle. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Strains and sprains usually occur when you overuse or overstretch a muscle. The worse the strain or sprain, the harder it is to use the affected area. All strains and sprains should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Tendon injuries. Most tendon injuries occur near joints, such as the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. Painful tendon injuries occur due to trauma, vigorous exercise, sprains and muscle imbalances. People who participate in softball, soccer, racquet sports, volleyball, or track and field are particularly susceptible.
Fractures. Fractures, or broken bones, in the ankle or foot are common. Broken bones in the ankle or foot cause pain and swelling. Fractures can result from a direct blow to the foot—such as dropping a heavy object on your toes. They can also occur due to the repetitive stress that comes with participating in high-impact sports like basketball. It is important to seek medical care any time you think you may have broken a bone in your foot or ankle.
Abrasions. Abrasions are wounds consisting of superficial damage to the skin. Abrasions can be caused by accidents, fighting, and sports injuries. Abrasions are less severe than lacerations, and bleeding, if present, is minimal. Mild abrasions, or scrapes, do not bleed or scar, but deep abrasions may lead to the formation of scar tissue.
Dislocations. A dislocation is an injury where a joint is forced out of position. Dislocated joints often are swollen and visibly out of place. A dislocation is painful and immobilizes the joint. Dislocations usually occur due to a fall or accident. Dislocations can be treated in a podiatrist's office.
When to Seek Treatment
You should see a podiatrist if your symptoms don't go away after rest and home treatment. A proper diagnosis is key to treating a sports injury. Your doctor will start with a physical examination, with attention given to the areas of complaint. You will also go through your medical history with your healthcare provider, they may order x-rays or other tests to confirm a diagnosis. Your podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your specific needs. Call today to make an appointment at Affiliates in Podiatry, PC: (603)-225-5281 for Concord, or (603)-279-0330 for Meredith.