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Types and Causes of Sports Related Injuries

There are two main categories of sports related injuries consisting of an acute foot, ankle, or toe injury that happens suddenly, while a chronic injury develops over time. Examples of acute sports injuries include twisting an ankle, taking a blow to the toe, foot or ankle, and breaking a bone. Most chronic injuries are caused by overuse of a joint or a particular area of the body, such as stress fractures or plantar fasciitis. Among the most common risk factors for incurring a sports related injury are using the wrong type of equipment, overtraining, and wearing shoes that do not give the proper protection for your feet. Other risk factors include having endured a previous injury, and running or jumping on hard surfaces. Additionally, failing to properly warm up and cool down after running or playing may lead to incurring an injury. Treatment for an acute injury generally requires immediate medical attention, and depending on the severity of the injury, a longer healing time may be necessary. For chronic injuries, the first recommendation is to cease the activity that caused the condition. In either case, if you have sustained an injury to the toes, feet, or ankles, it is a good idea to contact a podiatrist for a complete examination and treatment options.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact the foot specialists of Spartan Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Battle Creek, and Marshall, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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