Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect bones or soft tissue (ligaments, muscles and tendons).
Nearly all sports involve the complicated biomechanics of your foot and ankle. With sport comes the risk of injuries that can range from simple to extremely serious and life threatening. Currently, concussions are at the forefront for media attention; however, there are many commonly occurring injuries that can impact your ability to participate at a high level.
The most commonly encountered sports injuries of the foot and ankle include Achilles tendon injuries, ankle fractures, ankle sprains, capsulitis, fractures of the foot, osteochondral lesions of the ankle, Lisfranc injuries, peroneal tendon injuries, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and turf toe.
Too often athletes try to ‘tough it out’ or ‘play through the pain’. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to additional injury and deterioration of the condition, keeping you sidelined even longer. Early evaluation by your podiatrist is key. The vast majority of sports injuries can be treated through simple measures that allow you to continue to participate in your respective sport. Generally speaking, most injuries require some degree of rest or non-weight bearing exercise in addition to anti-inflammatory medications.