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Over 25% of sports injuries are foot- or ankle-related. If you injure one or both of your feet or ankles during your athletic activities, the expert podiatry team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center can help. Several podiatrists on the team specialize in sports injuries. To diagnose and determine the best treatment for your sports injuries, call the office in Salt Lake City, Sugarhouse, West Jordan, Park City, Heber City, Bountiful, Provo, Nephi, Eagle Mountain, St. George, Santaquin, or South Ogden, Utah, or book an appointment online.
Any injury caused by exercise or participating in sports is considered a sports injury. A sports injury can affect any part of your body, but the most common tend to involve bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or joints.
People who participate in sports that involve running or jumping are at a greater risk of experiencing sports injuries.
Also, activities that place a lot of demand on your feet, such as basketball, running, soccer, football, or dancing, are associated with more foot- and ankle-focused sports injuries.
Preventing sports injuries starts with learning how to safely participate in the sport or activity. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and use proper sports equipment that’s in good condition.
The most effective way to prevent foot- and ankle-related sports injuries is to begin all sports and athletic activities with a warmup that stretches the muscles.
Your podiatrist recommends treatment options for sports injuries depending on the type and severity of your injury. In addition to treating plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and heel spurs, the most common sports injury treatments at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center include:
Many sports activities cause repeated stress on the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendinitis causes inflammation of the tendon where it meets the heel. Achilles tendinitis treatment involves rest, stretching, and physical therapy. For severe Achilles tendinitis, your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics, immobilization, or surgery.
Sprains and strains of the ankle come from stretching or tearing muscles, ligaments, or tendons. RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is the recommended treatment for mild ankle sprains, while more severe ankle sprains require immobilization or even surgery.
A neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of your foot. It’s caused by high-impact activities like running or jogging that cause repeated stress to your feet. Neuroma feels like you have a stone in your shoe. Conservative treatment for a neuroma may involve arch supports or shoe inserts to reduce pressure on the nerves.
If your neuroma doesn’t respond to conservative treatment options, Advanced Foot & Ankle Center may recommend decompression surgery, steroid injections, or nerve removal.
If a foot- or ankle-related sports injury causes pain or lack of mobility, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center or schedule an appointment online today for treatment options.