If you live an active lifestyle—which is something we very much encourage!—the unfortunate truth is that you’re going to be putting your feet and ankles in a vulnerable position day after day. When you consider how much you ask of them every time you run, jump, cut, or change directions, it’s really not surprising that such a large percentage of sports injuries occur at the ankle level and below.
We’re not just talking about big, painful traumas such as ankle sprains, either! Chronic injuries that arise from overuse, like heel pain or stress fractures, can be just as detrimental to achieving your goals and maintaining your overall health. If a sudden injury or chronic pain is keeping you from being as active as you want to be, don’t ignore the problem—it’ll only get worse! Instead, contact us for prompt and effective care.
Common Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries
At Freeland Foot & Ankle Clinic, we see patients with all kinds of sports-related and activity-related traumas and pain. Some of the most common include:
You might not necessarily think of heel pain as a “sports injury,” but it’s definitely a problem for many athletes! Lots of activity can overstress the arches, which cause them to pull and tear against the heel—leading to plantar fasciitis. Additionally, children and teenagers are susceptible to Sever’s disease, a heel pain condition resulting from injury to the vulnerable growth plate of the heel bone.
Twisted, rolled, and sprained ankles are definitely the most common traumatic sports injury—not just to the lower limbs, but overall. While Grade I sprains may still allow you to bear some weight and can often be treated at home, it’s still important to get expert advice and follow a treatment plan carefully. Improper treatment of a sprain can lead to chronic, arthritic pain—not to mention joint instability and greatly increased risk of re-injury.
Achilles Tendon Injuries
The Achilles tendon connects the large, powerful calf muscles to the ankle and heel, so it has to deal with sudden and explosive forces almost constantly. This can lead to swelling, inflammation, or small tears in the tendon fibers (as in Achilles tendinitis), or in severe cases, a partial or complete rupture of the tendon.
A lot of the time, broken bones are the result of a single, sudden, violent impact—with broken toes and broken ankles being particularly common. But this isn’t the only way bones break. Another common injury we deal with is stress fractures, which occur when small, repetitive impacts over a longer period of time cause cracks to form in the outer surface of the bone.
We Treat Other Injuries as Well
This is only a partial list. Other conditions we see on a regular basis include toe sprains (turf toe), shin splints, muscle strains, and many others.
The bottom line is that if you are dealing with any amount of pain or limited movement in your feet and ankles—whether it’s a sudden trauma or a dull ache or whether it happens during or after exercise—give us a call. There is an excellent chance we can help you.
A Personalized Approach (With Advanced Technologies Available)
No two injuries are exactly alike. No two athletes are exactly alike, either. Differences in diagnosis, injury location and severity, your preferred sport, job concerns, and other lifestyle factors can all help determine which treatment protocol is going to be the best for your situation.
That said, we understand your passion for being active, so we put a high priority on providing treatment options and rehab recommendations that will help you heal quickly and remain as active as possible along the way.
Our office is equipped with advanced, cutting-edge tools such as laser therapy and extracorporeal pulse activation therapy. These non-invasive treatments are used to stimulate and accelerate natural healing processes in your own cells, and in many cases, can significantly shorten the expected recovery period after an injury.
We are also happy to recommend high-quality athletic shoes, provide guidance on low-impact exercises and activities to build your strength, keep you active during recovery, and much more. We’re not only interested in helping you overcome your current sports injury but teaching you how to prevent the next one, too!
Don’t let pain or injury slow you down any longer! Give us a call at (989) 695-6788 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.