Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a sports pro, athletic activities place extra stress and strain on your feet and ankles. Research suggests 1 in 4 athletic injuries are foot- and ankle-related. Albert Samandarov, DPM, of Ideal Foot Care in Queens, New York, provides specialized expertise in the area of sports injuries, with treatments for common problems, including fractures, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and more. Get back in the game again by calling the Astoria office or scheduling a consultation online.
The sudden moves and repetitive motions common in sports increase the likelihood of short-term and long-term sports injuries. Here’s a roundup of the most common sports injuries affecting your foot and ankle:
Running, jumping, and contact sports take a toll on the bones in your feet and ankles, which account for more than 25% of the bones in your body. The stress of sports can lead to fractures, or small cracks in your bones.
Stress from repeated impact or rotational injuries can cause these bones to fracture. Common symptoms of fractures include pain, swelling, tenderness, and bruising.
Ankle sprains are caused by twisting your foot, which damages the ligaments in your ankle. Sprains can range from mild to severe.
The most common type is an inversion ankle sprain, which occurs when your foot is twisted inward, damaging the outer ligaments of your ankle. Eversion sprains, caused when your foot twists outward, typically produce more severe damage to your inner ankle ligaments.
Achilles tendinitis is a condition affecting the Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in your body. Achilles tendinitis is usually caused by sports-related overuse or wear and tear that comes with age.
Ruptures or tears to the Achilles tendon also happen in sports. If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you may feel a pop or snap, along with a sharp pain behind your ankle.
This painful condition happens when the band of tissues, the plantar fascia, supporting the arch of your foot absorbs too much stress. Plantar fasciitis is a common injury in sports requiring you to run or jump a lot.
Plantar fasciitis occurs gradually, as the fascia in your foot stretches beyond healthy limits, eventually leading to inflammation and pain. In some cases, bone spurs grow where the plantar fascia attaches to your heel.
Ingrown toenails and nail fungus are common in athletics. Using a locker room, public swimming pool, or shower increases your risk of getting a fungal infection in your toenails.
If you’ve been injured playing sports, accurate diagnosis and treatment is an essential step to get you back on the court or field more quickly. See a podiatrist today by calling Ideal Foot Care or booking a consultation online.