Sports Injuries

With everything your feet have to endure as you train for upcoming running events or to dunk on your competitors on the basketball court, it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries can (and do) happen from time to time. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely eliminate this risk. When you push your body to its limits, there’s always a potential for painful setbacks. 

The good news is you can – and absolutely should – take measures to protect your feet and ankles and prevent sports injuries from throwing you off your game. What’s more, you can count on Dr. Mandula to provide the treatments you need to recover quickly and safely from any injury you may experience, now or in the future.

Common Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries

To start, let’s take a look at some of the most common foot and ankle sports injuries we treat at our office. They include:

  • Plantar fasciitis:  The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis happens when the thick band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes overused, irritated, and inflamed. The band pulls on the heel bone and causes pain, especially when rising after periods of rest. 
  • Achilles tendinitis:  This condition develops when the strongest tendon in the body – the Achilles tendon – endures repetitive stress and becomes overused. The tendon will then become irritated and inflamed, causing pain in the back of the heel or ankle. 
  • Ankle sprains:  A very common injury, ankle sprains occur when ligaments supporting the ankle joint stretch beyond their intended range of motion and partially tear or completely rupture. When not treated properly, they are no longer able to provide stability to the ankle, making it more prone to repeated injury. 
  • Fractures:  These are cracks or complete breaks in the bones that can take many forms. The most severe types involve breaking the skin (open fracture) or altering the position of the bones. More subtle are stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone surface usually caused by overuse. The most common fractures involve the toes and the metatarsal bones just behind them. Fractures also come in varying degrees – some of which require prompt care. So if one is suspected, they should be evaluated as soon as possible. 
  • Turf toe:  Turf toe usually happens when the toe – usually the big toe – is planted but the rest of the foot continues to move forward with force, causing the toe joint to move beyond its intended range of motion. This results in a sprain of the ligaments surrounding the base of the toe.


Sports Injuries

Of course, there are many other possible sports injuries one can experience, like Sever’s disease (a common cause of heel pain in children) and Achilles tendon ruptures. The ones mentioned above tend to be the most common injuries to befall athletes and weekend warriors alike. 

No matter what injury you may have sustained, however, remember to never push through the pain. If you suspect you have developed any type of injury while you’re being active, your best course of action is always going to be to stop what you are doing and address the problem immediately. 

Pain is not normal; it’s your body’s way of communicating something is wrong!

Getting Back in the Game

“No pain. No gain.” Now, you may have heard this once or twice, but the truth of the matter is that pain absolutely does not mean gain. In fact, if you continue to bear weight or put stress on an injured foot, chances are the problem will only get worse over time, take longer to heal, and potentially lead to other, more severe injuries. 

So when you feel pain, stop … and take the following steps: 

R.I.C.E. therapy:  Give your feet time to rest and recover. Ice the injured area for twenty minutes at a time. Compress the foot with an elastic bandage or wrap. And elevate the injured foot above heart level. 

Take OTC medication:  Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, will help reduce swelling and discomfort. (Do not take such medications if you have been previously instructed by your physician to avoid them.) 

Call our office:  If the injury does not require immediate care, call our office to make an appointment. (If it does require emergency care, call 911 or get to urgent care/the ER as quickly as you can, then follow up with us afterward.) It’s important that we evaluate your condition in order to determine its severity and if any additional treatments are necessary. 

At Crown Foot and Ankle, we are proud to offer many treatment options for foot and ankle sports injuries including custom orthotic devices for patients who need to correct underlying biomechanical deficiencies. 

We will likely also recommend you incorporate some healthy foot care habits into your daily workout routine, including changes in footwear and properly warming up and stretching before activity. 

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a sports injury. And if that becomes the case for you, we will discuss exactly what surgery will look like so you can move forward with treatment feeling confident.

Don’t Let a Sports Injury Keep You Sidelined

Whether you suffered an ankle sprain, or your heels complain every time you get moving, do something about it today! The sooner you get the treatment you need, the easier it will be for us to get you back to doing the activities you love most. 

All you have to do is give our office a call at (219) 257-0255 to schedule an appointment, or simply fill out our online contact form to have a member of our staff reach out to you.