Common Sports Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
Learn more about the most common sports-related injuries and how to prevent them.
Keeping your feet safe and healthy is important, particularly if you are an athlete. We know just how frustrating it can be to get out on the field and sustain an injury that keeps you benched for weeks on end. Our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN Dr. Jeffrey Agricola can evaluate and treat your sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
Some common sports-related injuries include:
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures
- Broken bones
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
Of course, the goal of any athlete should be to prevent an injury from occurring in the first place; however, we also know that accidents happen and it’s important that you have a foot doctor to turn to when problems arise.
When should I see a podiatrist?
It’s a good idea to visit us for an evaluation if you are dealing with a foot or ankle injury and you aren’t sure what the problem is or how to care for the injury. We can examine the foot and conduct imaging tests to determine what’s going on. It’s best to turn to a doctor for care if you are dealing with:
- Severe pain or swelling
- The inability to move or bend the foot
- Symptoms that don’t go away after at-home care
- Symptoms that affect your ability to work out or train
- Joint locking or swelling
- The inability to put weight on the affected foot or ankle
- Numbness, weakness or tingling
If you or your child is dealing with any of these symptoms as a result of a sports-related injury then it’s time to give us a call to schedule an appointment. Fortunately, there are certain habits you can adopt to prevent foot and ankle injuries from happening to you. This includes,
- Training even during the off-season to keep the body limber, strong and prepared to handle the physical demands.
- Getting a sports physical from your doctor each year to make sure that you are healthy enough for your chosen sport.
- Treating any injuries right away, as this could prevent more serious complications in the long run.
- Stretching and warming up the body prior to the game, which will help warm up the ligaments and blood vessels within the feet and ankle to prevent injuries.
- Remember to wear the appropriate footwear for your sport of choice, as well as the proper protective gear.
If you are dealing with a sports-related injury that requires podiatric care then it’s time to call Prestige Podiatry in Carmel and Indianapolis. Take care of your feet so they can take care of you.