According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, foot and ankle injuries related to sports are becoming more common, especially among children and teens. If you or your child has sustained an injury to the foot, ankle, or lower leg, see the podiatry team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC for treatment. With offices in Mesquite, Rockwall, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, the team offers friendly and effective care for all types of foot and ankle injuries. To schedule an exam, call your nearest office or use the online booking tool today.
Different sports are linked to different types of injuries depending on how the feet and ankles are positioned and impacted when playing or participating. The most common sports-related injuries of the feet and ankles are:
Sports injuries can be divided into two categories: injuries caused by trauma and overuse injuries. Traumatic injuries can’t be predicted and may cause a range of symptoms from minor soreness or bruising to severe damage, like a fracture or torn ligament.
Overuse injuries are more common than traumatic injuries and can be avoided by stretching before exercising or playing sports, warming-up gradually, wearing proper footwear, and staying well hydrated.
For chronic overuse injuries, the team can provide additional advice to help you recover and avoid re-injury.
For regular runners or those interested in beginning a running regimen, the team can help you figure out the exact cause of your foot or ankle pain.
The first step the team takes when evaluating foot pain with running is to check your running shoes. Older shoes, shoes that are too large or too tight, or shoes that don’t have the proper arch support for your feet can trigger foot pain.
The team then assesses the wear pattern on your shoes, looking for areas where the soles of your shoes have worn down. This assessment helps your podiatrist understand how your feet and ankles move when running and can indicate muscles that need to be stretched or strengthened.
Finally, your podiatrist assesses your feet, looking at your arches, toe length and width, heel thickness, and flexibility. Based on this full exam, your podiatrist can determine the cause of your pain and provide treatment suggestions.
The team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists offers a range of in-office treatments to relieve pain and help your feet and ankles heal. Some treatment options include:
Surgical treatments are available when needed.
You don’t have to suffer in pain. Get treatment for your sports injury by calling the office or booking online now.