Tight turns on the skates, quick kicks to the goal, foot strikes on the pavement—the feet and ankles take a beating each time you participate in your favorite sport. However, we all know the benefits of exercise typically outweigh the risk of injury. A consistent workout routine can improve your overall health, including the condition of your heart and lungs.
Avoid the Downhill Slide
What happens when a sports injury stops you in your tracks? For some, it can be the beginning of a downhill slide. Unaddressed foot and ankle pain can keep you from your favorite workout routines. Getting off track can begin a cycle of inconsistent activity, which often results in weight gain—adding stress to your foundation.
Looking for ways to prevent injuries? Watch this video that outlines basic stretches that you can do to strengthen and protect your feet. Use a towel and foot roller to condition your lower extremities—proactive prevention can go a long way in maintaining good foot health.
What should I do if I experience a sports injury?
Sports injuries come in many varieties, from skin conditions such as blisters to fractures. In some cases, immediate care is required at an emergency facility—for instance, if you can see a bone that is out of its proper location. If your injury is less severe, such as a sprain, you can begin by using the RICE method: Rest the injured foot, apply Ice (but not directly to the skin), Compress the area, and Elevate. Next, call Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment. Chiropodist Tony Abbott will evaluate your injury, and determine the best treatment plan. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a full recovery.
Common injuries incurred while playing sports include:
Achilles Tendonitis – The largest tendon in your body can be overused. The resulting injury can keep you on the sidelines. Learn how to gradually increase workouts and to properly stretch in order to prevent damage to the Achilles tendon.
Ankle Sprains – Over-rotation of the ankle leads to this injury. Severity is categorized by grade, and your treatment plan is dependent upon this classification.
Black Toenail – If your feet slide forward while playing your favorite sport, this painful condition can result. Discoloration under the toe indicates that blood has collected beneath the nail.
Blisters – Friction between your foot and your sport-specific footwear is typically to blame. If your activity requires tight-fitting shoes, this may become a common concern. However, there are ways to protect your feet.
Heel Pain – Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common sources of heel pain. Learn how worn-out athletic shoes can be a key contributor to the pain you feel each morning and after periods of sitting.
Shin Splints – Another overuse injury, you’ll likely notice discomfort in the lower part of your leg.
Stress Fracture – This type of break does not snap the bone into pieces. Rather, a crack forms due to continuous stress. Some people ignore symptoms, and chronic pain results.
Don’t allow foot and ankle pain to keep you from your favorite recreational activities. Expert help is available from Chiropodist Tony Abbott and his staff. Call the Collingwood, ON office today at (705) 444-9929, or schedule online.