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Your feet and ankles are particularly susceptible to sports-related injuries.
Playing sports can be incredibly fun, rewarding and even great for your health. However, all that jumping, twisting and pivoting can leave your feet and ankles prone to injury. Unfortunately, our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist Dr. Allan Rosenthal sees a lot of sports injuries. The most common types of sports injuries we treat include,
- Achilles tendinitis or Achilles tendon rupture
- Sprains and strains
- Ankle fractures and broken bones in the foot
- Stress fractures
- Heel pain
- Turf toe
- Shin splints
Problems can occur in the tendons, muscles or bones of the ankles and feet due to overuse or direct trauma. While minor muscle and tendon injuries can often be eased with rest and home care, bone injuries and more serious soft tissue injuries will require immediate medical attention.
What should I do if I have an injury?
If you have minor aches and discomfort this could simply be a sign of overuse. In this case, the RICE method is often helpful for those looking to ease minor pain. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. It’s also important that you avoid physical activities until you feel comfortably better; however, if symptoms persist or get worse, it’s time to give us a call.
When should I see a doctor?
Wondering if your sports injuries require expert care from our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist? If you sustain an injury to your foot or ankle it’s never a bad idea to check in with your doctor to find out what’s going on. By simply calling us and talking through your symptoms, we can often determine whether you should come in for care or whether you should first try and treat the problem from the comfort of your own.
However, you should see us as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Severe pain and swelling
- Trouble putting weight on the injured foot
- Limited range of motion and flexibility
- Visible changes in the shape or appearance of the foot
- Pain that doesn’t go away after one week of home care
- Numbness or tingling
- Discolorations or changes in the color of the skin
It’s important that when sports injuries occur that you have a podiatrist here in Ridgefield, CT, that can provide you with the immediate care you need. We provide custom treatment plans to help you get back on your feet and into the game. Call Advanced Foot Care Center at (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allan Rosenthal.
To continue in the sport you love, you must prevent injury. At Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield CT, Dr. Allan Rosenthal is a sports enthusiast himself. He understands how important avoiding sports injuries are. You can keep your feet and ankles free of Ridgefield sports injuries and stay in the game.
What's the most common podiatric injury?
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says its the ankle sprain, that painful swelling on the sides of the ankle. It comes from a sudden twisting of the ankle joint, leading to an overstretching or even tearing of ligaments and tendons.
Often an ankle sprain occurs during a competitive sport, such as soccer, or you may injure an ankle as you run on an uneven surface. This kind of injury is called acute. However, overuse or chronic injury also happens when we just overdo it--whatever activity that involves.
Other common Ridgefield sports injuries include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress fractures of the metatarsal bones in the foot
- Turf toe, a sprain of the metatarsophalangeal joint
If you get a Ridgefield sports injury
Start first aid. For instance, in the case of an ankle sprain, employ the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression (with an elastic bandage), and elevation of the foot. Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and contact Dr. Rosenthal in his Ridgefield CT office for advice on your sports injury.
He may advise a trip to the hospital ER or wish to see you for an exam, X-rays, and other diagnostics. He'll compile treatment strategies to stabilize your extremity and get you back on your feet.
How to prevent sports injuries
A little thought, planning, and training consistency prevent sports injuries. Here are some easy strategies:
- Stay in good physical condition. In other words, don't be a weekend warrior, but exercise and train regularly.
- Warm-up, stretch and do strengthening exercises.
- Wear properly fitting footwear which is right for your sport. Replace your shoes whenever they show signs of wear.
- Wear shoe inserts (orthotics) for proper balance and gait as advised by your podiatrist.
- Run and walk on flat surfaces.
- Wear proper protective equipment, such as shin pads.
- Never ignore pain, swelling, tenderness, or redness. Contact Dr. Rosenthal right away.
At Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield CT, we want you to enjoy your active lifestyle and avoid sports injuries. Let us help you have the healthiest feet and ankles possible. Call today for a podiatric exam with Dr. Allan Rosenthal: (203) 431-0048.
Playing sports helps your physical condition, self-confidence, cardiovascular health, and more. Unfortunately, the downside is injury, particularly stresses to the feet and ankles. At Advanced Foot Center in Ridgefield, CT, your foot doctor, Dr. Allan Rosenthal, diagnoses and treats many sports-related issues so that his patients can stay in the game.
Sudden or repetitive
At Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT, Dr. Allan Rosenthal is not just a foot doctor. He is an avid athlete himself and a noted sports injury expert, innovator, and speaker. If your feet and ankles hurt, swell, have a limited range of motion, or cannot bear weight, call the office right away for a consultation.
Dr. Rosenthal will examine your feet, ask you about your symptoms and perform an X-ray screening or other specialized imaging as needed. He formulates conservative treatment plans, reserving laser treatments and foot/ankle surgery for more complex injuries.
Common sports injuries
Ankle sprains and fractures are the most frequent sports injuries in the US, says the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Rest, ice, compression with an elastic bandage, and elevation of the affected limb above heart level all provide important first aid. These interventions, also called the RICE protocol, can be performed at home before visiting our Ridgefield office.
RICE also delivers immediate help for other athletic problems such as:
- Achilles tendinitis, an overstretching of the thick cord of connective tissue between the calf muscle and the heel. This inflammatory condition responds to consistent stretching and physical therapy.
- Athlete's foot, or Tinea pedis, a fungal infection of the skin of the foot. Clean socks, well-ventilated shoes, and anti-fungal medications manage this stubborn problem.
- Ankle sprains, a tearing of the ligaments on the sides of the ankle. The swelling, pain, and limited range of motion subside with RICE, but severe and repeated sprains may require surgery to stabilize the ankle joint.
- Plantar fasciitis, a swelling of the band of connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes. To relieve the substantial discomfort, your foot doctor may recommend customized shoe inserts, cortisone injections, and stretching exercises, particularly in the morning.
Find out more about sports injuries
Call Advanced Foot Center in Ridgefield, CT, today by dialing (203) 431-0048.
How your podiatrist in Ridgefield can help
If you play sports, you know how your feet can suffer. When you play sports, you are at risk for injuries to your feet and ankles that can put you on the sidelines of your own life. Fortunately, help is just a phone call away. Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT wants you to know about some common sports injuries and how to get relief.
Plantar fasciitis and heel pain are common in runners. Plantar fasciitis is caused from inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia. You may experience sharp, severe pain around your heel and the side of your foot. To get relief from plantar fasciitis, Dr. Rosenthal wants you to:
- Rest and get off of your feet
- Ice your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
- Take over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Do arch stretches several times each day
Shin splints are characterized by swelling, pain or soreness along the large bone in the front of your leg called the tibia. You can get shin splints from overworking and overstressing the muscles, tendons and bones in your lower leg. To get relief from shin splints, Dr. Rosenthal wants you to:
- Rest and apply ice packs for 15 minutes several times each day
- Take over-the counter pain relieving medications like Tylenol
- Try low impact exercises like swimming until you heal
Foot fractures and ankle fractures can also happen, especially if you play contact sports. You may have a fracture if you have throbbing pain and swelling that gets worse if you put weight on it. Fractures need treatment by a medical professional. When you visit Dr. Rosenthal, he may suggest these treatments: to promote healing and increase strength and flexibility:
- Placing your foot or ankle in a cast while it is healing
- Prescribing medication to reduce inflammation and pain
- Recommending physical therapy exercises
- Recommending surgery for severe foot or ankle fractures
Remember no matter what sport or activity you undertake, always wear the appropriate supportive footwear to protect your feet and ankles. If you are trying a new sport or activity, go slow, especially if you haven’t been exercising and always stretch for several minutes before any activity.
For more information on types of sports injuries, call Dr. Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center in Ridgefield, CT. Protect yourself and your feet by calling today!