The feet and ankles are under stress or pressure due to the amount of time spent standing, as well as from the pressure endured during physical activity and sports. Football and running injuries account for many foot and ankle injuries, however missteps in a wide range of other daily activities can also lead to foot and ankle injuries. Foot and ankle injuries are a serious problem and can significantly interfere with all areas of daily living. It is extremely important to get the right treatment for any foot or ankle injury.
Foot and Ankle Pain
There are a variety of foot and ankle injuries that occur as a result of sports activities. Problems may result from overuse, missteps, twists or other types of stressful impact. Wearing improper or badly worn footwear can also lead to vulnerability and injury. Symptoms often include:
- Inability to put weight on the injured area
- Significant pain with swelling or numbness
- Constant ache or dull pain that intensifies or causes instability
If you have foot and ankle pain don't try to ignore it, or push yourself through it. It is important to get your foot and ankle injury diagnosed and treated as soon as possible
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Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are defined by the kind of tissue affected, which may include damaged bone, ligament, or tendon. Many athletic activities can make a participant more prone to foot and ankle sports injuries. Some common foot and ankle conditions or injuries include:
- Heel Spurs - Growth underneath and inside the heel where the plantar fascia attaches
- Plantar Fasciitis - Pain under the heel that may radiate into the foot, often worse first thing in the morning but eases as the foot warms up
- Achilles Tendonitis - Pain, inflammation, and thickening of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle
- Achilles Tendon Ruptures - An overstretched Achilles tendon may pop or snap causing an immediate sharp pain
- Stress Fractures - An over use injury caused by overtired muscles transferring stress to the bone
- Turf Toe - This common football injury refers to a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint
A physical examination and a variety of diagnostic tests will allow us to quickly diagnose your foot and ankle issues and get you headed toward recovery.
Treatment of Foot and ankle Sports Injuries
A typical first line approach to treating foot and ankle sports injuries is RICE:
- Rest - refrain from regular activities and stay off of the foot or ankle
- Ice - apply ice for 20 minutes four to eight times per day to control swelling
- Compression - compress the injured area with elastic wraps, splints, of an air cast
- Elevation - keep the foot or ankle elevated to decrease swelling.
When foot and ankle pain and problems persist, we have many other approaches for treatment. Our experienced doctors are skilled to guide you in selecting the right course of treatment for your foot and ankle injury.
Contact us or call our appointment line at 513-793-3933, and we will reserve the time and location that works best for you — we can usually schedule your appointment within 48 hours.