Sports Injuries

Whether you play for competition, staying fit, or just for the fun of it, sports injuries can happen!

Getting hurt is always a risk when participating in sporting events and other activities, no matter how intense or lighthearted they may be. In fact, you could sprain an ankle playing ping pong just as easily as you could playing football.

At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we have seen it all! And we are equipped with the best tools, knowledge, and skills available to get you back on your feet and into the game as quickly and as safely as possible.

But first let’s take a look at some of most common sports injuries we treat, as well as some prevention tips to keep you in the game and off the bench.

Sidelining Sports Injuries

The truth is that your feet endure a lot while you are out there charging through the field or racing toward the finish line. And with all that strain and pressure, it’s no surprise that injuries often occur.

Some of these injuries, however, are more likely to happen than others. The most common injuries we treat at our office include:

  • Achilles Tendinitis – Repetitive stress can aggravate your Achilles tendon, causing inflammation and pain in the back of your heel. This may also occur due to sudden activity, like a runner increasing mileage too quickly or a “weekend warrior” jumping into an event without training properly.
  • Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis – This condition occurs when your plantar fascia – a band of tissues spanning your arch – becomes overused, irritated, and inflamed. The band pulls on the heel bone causing pain, especially after periods of rest.
  • Ankle Sprains – It occurs when ligaments stretch beyond their limits and are no longer able to provide stability. There are varying degrees of damage and, if left untreated, sprains can recur and eventually lead to instability.
  • Turf Toe – This happens when the toe is planted but the rest of the foot continues moving forward with force. It’s often seen in ball players, as well as dancers.
  • Fractures – A stress fracture is a crack in the bone due to repetitive stress placed upon it. A Lisfranc fracture is a break that occurs in the joint complex of your midfoot. (There are many other types of fractures, as well.)

Staying in the Game

The key to a winning game plan against sports injuries is never ignoring pain – it’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong!

In most cases, injuries left untreated will only get worse, or cause other, more severe problems. So play by these rules: Have your injury assessed to determine the damage and an appropriate treatment plan.

If the injury is minor, RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) will help with pain, inflammation, and healing. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Take a break from activities – a short amount of time off now beats a bunch of time off later!
  • Ice the area in 20-minute increments, using a towel to protect your skin.
  • Wrap the injury with an elastic bandage to help keep swelling to a minimum.
  • Elevate the injury to reduce swelling and pain.

Now, if the injury is serious, seek medical help immediately. You may need a boot or cast, or even a surgical procedure for proper healing to take place – and we can help you with that, too!

How to Avoid Injuries in the First Place

Even better than treating sports injuries with simple measures is preventing them from happening in the first place. So before you get sidelined for the rest of the season, make sure you take some preventative steps while you are out there sweating for the win.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Warm up prior to activity and never jump into an event without training.
  • Do some stretching before and after activity.
  • Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.
  • Wear shoes that provide the specific features your sport requires.
  • Make sure those shoes also provide enough arch and heel support and cushion.

You should also consider investing in orthotics.  These versatile devices fit inside your shoes and correct structural and biomechanical abnormalities that may be making you prone to injury. They can also evenly distribute your weight and redirect pressure away from problem areas.

Whatever you do, though, never push through the pain. If your feet hurt, stop what you are doing and address the problem right away. Ignoring painful symptoms will only make matters worse, and what may have been a minor injury could easily become major enough to require surgery.

Find Expert Sports Injury Care at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group

We certainly hope that all this information will help you keep your feet and ankles safe, but if you do end up needing assistance with a sports injury, we are here for you!

Give our team a call at 916-961-3434 – we’ll set up an appointment and get you on the road to recovery faster than you can say, “Play ball!”

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6620 Coyle Avenue,
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576 N Sunrise Avenue,
Suite 230

Roseville, CA 95661

Phone: 916-961-3434         

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