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!”