When should you turn to a podiatrist to treat your foot and ankle injuries?
No matter whether you’re an athlete, just starting a workout routine, or somewhere in between, it’s important that you are protecting against sports injuries; however, if and when sports injuries happen to you, it’s probably time to turn to our Ridgefield, CT, Board Certified in Podiatric Sports Medicine podiatrist Dr. Allan Rosenthal.
Sprains and Fractures
Ankle sprains and foot fractures are some of the most common sports injuries our Ridgefield, CT, team diagnoses and treats. If you notice swelling, bruising, intense pain or experience trouble walking on your foot or ankle, these are signs of a sprain or fracture. Treatment options typically involve,
- Resting and avoiding physical activity
- Wearing a boot or cast
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain medications
- Physical therapy and strengthening exercises
Surgery is rarely needed for fractures; however, if the fracture leads to instability or displaces the bone, then surgery will be required to repair the fracture.
This is one of the most common causes of heel pain and is the result of overuse. If you are a runner, you’re more at risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Those who suddenly increase the intensity of their workouts without conditioning the feet are also more at risk for plantar fasciitis-related heel pain. Conservative ways to treat plantar fasciitis include,
- Resting and avoiding activities
- Strengthening and stretching exercises
- Taping the arches of the feet
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Laser therapy
- Wearing supportive shoes
More severe heel pain that doesn’t respond to these conservative options may benefit from steroid injections or shockwave therapy.
Achilles tendonitis is another common cause of heel pain. If your pain originates above the heel bone, you’re most likely dealing with this overuse injury. If our Ridgefield, CT, team diagnoses your heel pain as Achilles tendonitis, nonsurgical treatments include,
- Limiting physical activity
- Taping or bracing the foot
- Wearing prescription orthotics
- Pain relievers (either over-the-counter or prescription)
- Laser therapy
- Steroid injections
- Heel cups
Don’t let sports injuries impact your daily routine when our Ridgefield, CT, Board Certified in Podiatric Sports Medicine podiatrist Dr. Rosenthal at the Advanced Foot Care Center team can help get you back on your feet. If you’re dealing with sports injuries of the feet and ankles, call (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment.