Playing sports is fun, exciting, and so much more, but sometimes injuries can happen in a split second. At Local Foot Doc, experienced podiatrist Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, offers an array of effective solutions for sports injuries to help you get back in the game as soon as possible. For your convenience, Local Foot Doc has two offices in Brooklyn and locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria. Whether you’re a professional athlete or a hobbyist, if you have a sports injury that needs quality medical attention, call or book online to schedule an appointment today.
What are some of the most common sports injuries of the foot and ankle?
There are two different types of sports injuries: acute and chronic. Acute injuries occur suddenly, and chronic injuries develop over time.
Some of the most common types of sports injuries of the foot and ankle include:
- Strains and sprains
- Joint or muscle injuries
- Achilles tendon injuries (such as Achilles tendinitis)
- Swollen muscles
It’s important you seek the right prompt medical care for your sports injury to give you relief, aid your recovery, help prevent any possible complications, and protect your health.
What causes sports injuries of the foot and ankle?
Sports injuries can have a number of specific causes, such as:
- Poor or improper training practices
- Wearing improper sporting gear
- Having certain health conditions
- Improper stretching or warm-up practices
Most sports injuries are the result of trauma or overuse of your joints and muscles. Soft tissues can often become injured by blunt force, such as a kick, fall, or blow.
If you have any concerns about your foot or ankle health or your general health before starting any vigorous types of sports or exercises, you should check with Dr. Majdanski and the Local Foot Doc team and undergo a medical evaluation.
How can I prevent a sports injury?
With the right precautions, many sports injuries are preventable. It’s helpful to wear protective equipment, such as padding and special shoes or inserts.
To prevent an injury, you can also try:
- Warming up, stretching, and cooling down properly
- Staying hydrated
- Learning the right techniques to play your specific sport
- Resting when tired
No matter how much you prepare and try to improve your safety when engaging in sports, you can still be susceptible to injury.
What are the treatments for sports injuries of the foot and ankle?
If you’re injured, you should stop playing until you’ve fully recovered. To treat your sports injury, Dr. Majdanski might suggest:
- Medications to relieve pain and inflammation
- Assistive orthotic devices, such as an ankle boot
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area)
- Lifestyle changes, such as stress management and nutrition
- Laser treatment
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Patient education on preventing sports injuries
- A personal exercise and rehabilitation program
- Surgery when necessary, such as a tendon repair