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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Discover the most common foot and ankle injuries that athletes have to protect against.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 25 percent of athletic injuries affect the foot and ankle. All you have sports injuryto do is picture all the running, jumping and twisting that’s involved in some of the most popular sports like football, basketball, soccer and dance and it’s not hard to imagine how easy it is to injury your feet or ankles. Fortunately, our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz has handled a variety of sports-related injuries and can help you get back on your feet.

Here are some of the most common sports injuries that affect the feet and ankles,

 

Plantar fasciitis

This overuse injury affects the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the soles from the toes to the heel. It’s most common in runners, particularly those who suddenly increase the duration or intensity of a run. If you are dealing with heel pain that radiates to the arches of your feet, plantar fasciitis might be to blame.

What to do: Calf stretching, avoiding high-impact activities, and pain relievers can often ease symptoms until the inflammation goes away. For persistent heel pain or visit Dr. Katz for additional treatment options.

 

Achilles tendonitis

This other common overuse injury affects the Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the human body. Along with overuse, it is also common for the Achilles tendon to wear down gradually over time, which can lead to problems as we get older. This condition is characterized by heel pain that originates above the heel bone.

What to do: Achilles tendonitis should be treated the same way as plantar fasciitis with rest and at-home care. If pain is severe see a podiatrist right away.

 

Stress fracture

If you participate in certain high-impact activities like gymnastics, basketball or running then you may be prone to developing stress fractures. As you might be able to figure from the name alone, stress fractures occur from repeated stress placed on the foot. Those who don’t properly warm-up or wear the appropriate footwear for their chosen sport are also at an increased risk for stress fractures.

What to do: Rest is key to proper healing. Bracing or wearing supportive footwear can also help take stress off the foot when moving around. Sometimes a doctor may also recommend wearing a protective boot.

 

Ankle sprain

A sudden twist or jerk of the ankle can leave you dealing with a pretty unpleasant ankle sprain. Sprains range from mild to severe. You may experience immediate pain and swelling after twisting your ankle and you might have even heard a popping sound at the moment of injury. These symptoms warrant a trip to see your foot doctor in Madison, WI.

What to do: Minor sprains can be treated with rest, icing, elevation and pain relievers. Moderate sprains may require immobilization and physical therapy.

 

If you are dealing with a sports-related foot or ankle injury in Madison or Stoughton, WI, then it’s time to call Dr. Katz’s office today to schedule an appointment. Getting the care you need right away is important for healthy, active feet.



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