Sports injuries are more common that you might think. In fact, every day, about 25,000 people in the United States sprain their ankle playing a sport, or simply walking on an uneven surface. That number only goes up when you factor in other types of injuries, including ankle fractures, broken foot bones, sprained or ruptured ligaments, overuse injuries and more. At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Maislos, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS, and Dr. Lin, DPM, provide sports injury treatment for patients. As with any type of injury, the sooner you seek treatment, the faster you’ll be back on your feet – and back at your sport of choice. If you’re hurt, don’t wait to call the office or schedule an appointment online.
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Sports Medicine Q & A
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries are generally associated with physical activity (usually sports) but can result from normal, everyday activity. These types of injuries can affect the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, or a combination of these structures. They include:
A sprained ankle often occurs simply as a result of twisting or rolling your foot in an awkward manner. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that connect the bones in your feet, and may be very painful. Oftentimes, it’s hard to tell if you sprained your ankle or broke a bone.
It’s easy to roll your ankle inward, resulting in an inversion injury, or roll it outward, resulting in an eversion injury. Inversion injuries are the most common types of twisted ankles, and can lead to long-term pain if you don’t treat the injury properly or don’t get treatment soon enough.
If your injured ankle doesn’t respond to home remedies like ice and rest, it could be the sign of a more complicated problem that needs medical attention. If symptoms persist, it’s better to be safe than sorry by seeking the expertise of a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Maislos.
- Sprained Ankle – A sprained ankle can occur after twisting or rolling the ankle in an awkward manner. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that connect the bones in your foot or ankle and can be very painful. The pain level can make it difficult to tell if it is a sprain or fracture.
- Fractured Ankle – Fractures of the ankle are very painful. They can include hairline fractures, complete fractures, or avulsion fractures, with extreme swelling, redness and pain.
- Achilles Tendon injuries – The achilles tendon can be subjected to significant load and overuse. Under these conditions it can become inflamed (achilles tendinitis), suffer minor tears or a more serious rupture.
- Other Fractures – Heel bones, toes and all bones in-between are susceptible to fractures as a result of overuse and trauma.
- Joints – The foot and ankle is comprised of many joints, and joint pain and inflammation is a common issue.
- Plantar fasciitis – Inflammation of the plantar fascia is common for those who are active or on their feet all day.
What are the symptoms of a sports injury?
Common symptoms of a sports injury include:
- Inability to put weight on your ankle or foot
- Pain and swelling
- An area that’s tender to the touch, for example around the ankle, heel, sole, or ball of foot
- Popping sensation at the time of the injury or if you try to move
- Limited range of motion
- Tingling or numbness
- Sharp, shooting pain
These are the most common signs of a sports injury, but you may need an exam and X-ray or MRI to determine the cause and severity of your injury. Some injuries may be acute, meaning they heal over time, or chronic, leaving you with discomfort or pain symptoms long after they heal.
How are sports injuries treated?
Our sports medicine specialists provide a solid diagnosis, then provide a treatment plan based on type of injury you’ve suffered and the severity of your symptoms. For some injuries, rest, ice, and immobilization can be enough, but for more serious injuries, surgery may be the best treatment method for complete recovery.
Once your injury has been treated and you are feeling better, Dr. Maislos or Dr. Lin may provide you with stretching exercises to rehabilitate your and restore mobility and flexibility. After a rehabilitation phase, you will be advised on when your ankle is strong enough to resume normal activities, such as playing your favorite sports.
If you think you’ve suffered a sports injury or are experiencing pain, swelling, and visible bruising around the foot and ankle, call Houston Foot and Ankle Care or use our online booking to schedule an appointment so we can evaluate your condition and speed you on the road to recovery.