No matter how carefully you train, it's not always possible to avoid sports injuries that affect your feet and ankles. Fortunately, your Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, offers treatments that will help you enjoy your favorite sports or activity again.
Do you have one of these foot or ankle injuries?
Foot and ankle injuries are particularly common among athletes. Turning your ankle, falling, tripping or even wearing the wrong shoes can cause a variety of injuries, including:
- Sprains: Sprains happen when the ligaments in your foot or ankle stretch or tear. A sprain can happen when you land a jump or might occur if you roll your ankle when running. Ankle sprains are more common among people who have high arches or who overpronate (turn their feet inward too far). Orthotics, prescription shoe inserts that realign and support your foot, can reduce your risk of sprains. If you already have a severe sprain, your foot doctor may recommend using crutches and wearing a cast or boot to reduce pressure on your ankle while it heals.
- Fractures: Broken bones in your feet or ankle are another risk of playing sports. Treating fractures as soon as possible will help you reduce your risk of chronic pain.
- Overuse Injuries: Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon inflammation and tears, and retrocalcaneal bursitis are more likely to occur if you exercise too hard or long or suddenly increase the intensity of your workout. Treatments vary depending on the cause of the overuse injury but can include night splints, braces, physical therapy, orthotics, heel cups, boots, crutches, shockwave therapy or surgery. Stress fractures, another type of overuse injury, cause cracks in your bones. If you don't rest, the cracks can turn into fractures:
- Stone Bruises: Although your shoes may still look brand new, their ability to cushion your foot may decrease after a few months of wear. In addition to causing overuse injuries, unsupportive shoes can also cause painful stone bruises on your heel or the bottom of your foot. Wearing orthotics can decrease pressure and pain while your foot heals.
- Other Injuries: Other sports injuries that may prompt you to call the Ridgefield, CT, office include corns, calluses, blisters, and heel spurs. Have you suddenly developed hammertoes or bunions? These conditions could be related to an imbalance in your foot. Treating these conditions will help ease your pain and allow you to continue to be active.
Don't let sports injuries keep you on the sidelines. Call your podiatrist in Ridgefield, CT, Dr. Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, at (203) 431-0048 to schedule your appointment.