Sports Injuries Treatments
Many sports are hard on the feet because of quick repetitive movements, constricting footwear, and/or increased exposure to injury or trauma. Following is a brief overview of some of the most common sports injuries that result from particular sports.
Sports Injuries in Martial Arts and Kick Boxing
Injuries commonly seen as a result of martial arts and kick boxing include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, and ankle sprains. Stretching is recommended to help prevent injury: specifically, a minimum of 15 minutes of stretching before performing any kicking or punching.
Sports Injuries in Aerobics
Impact forces from aerobics can reach up to six times the force of gravity, which is transmitted to each of the 26 bones in the foot. That is why proper shoes are crucial to successful, injury-free aerobics. Shoes should provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to compensate for pressure on the foot many times greater than found in walking. They must also have good medial-lateral stability.
Team Sports Injuries
Activities such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse often lead to ankle injuries as a result of play on artificial surfaces, improper footwear, and/or inadequate stretching.
While physical activity is a vital part of a healthy life, there are times in which athletics or exercising can actually cause more harm than good. It’s common for foot and ankle injuries to occur during sports. Here are only some of the common sports-related ailments we treat:
- Corns and calluses
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sprain, tears, and fractures
- Ingrown toenails
- Overuse injuries
The treatment and prevention plans we create are individualized and vary from patient to patient depending on medical history, current injury and level of activity. Some treatments err on the more conservative side and can be performed by the patient in the comfort of their own home. These types of treatments include icing, elevation, rest and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen) to help reduce symptoms. When you come into our office, we will tailor your therapy and treatment based on your goals and physical condition.
To diagnose a foot or ankle condition we will sit down and discuss your detailed medical history including any previous injuries, then we will perform a physical examination and also run some diagnostic tests like an X-ray or MRI. The treatments available to you will depend on your injury. Besides these common conservative treatments, we may also recommend orthotics, braces or taping, physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, ultrasound, injections or electrical stimulation.
We treat all types of patients from avid athletes to those who enjoy the occasional recreational activity; however, no matter what your age or activity level, anyone can suffer from a sports-related injury. The sooner a patient seeks treatment the easier it will be to treat the condition and to get the athlete back in the game.
While podiatrists are often known for treating and managing injuries and conditions, we can also help athletes minimize their chance of injury. We also provide preventive care to make sure that your feet and ankles remain healthy.
For more information on treatment for sport injuries in the Torrance, South Los Angeles or San Pedro area call Precision Foot and Ankle Centers today!