Sports Medicine

Common Sports Injuries

Heel Pain: Heel pain is one of the most common conditions. In Plantar Fasciitis, the pain is usually greatest when you take your first steps in the morning. It often worsens over time, until it hurts with every step you take. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is pulled or strained so that a portion of the ligament starts to tear, causing pain.

Tendinitis: Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. Tendinitis can be caused by certain conditions, like arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome, or trauma, like a sprain or twist, overuse, and your foot type. No matter the cause of your tendinitis, rest is very important. Continued use of a strained tendon will only make matters worse. An evaluation by your podiatrist is your best bet if you think you have tendinitis.

Ankle Sprains: Ankle sprains often occur from a fall, sudden twist, or blow that forces the ankle into an abnormal angle. If the bone does not break, the ligaments either stretch or tear, causing the ankle sprain. The severity and long-term outcomes from an ankle sprain depend on whether the ligaments were stretched, tore partially, or tore completely. It is important to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the severity and treatment for your sprained ankle!

Stress Fractures: A stress fracture is a small, incomplete crack in the bone caused by overuse or repeated stress. 95% of stress fractures in the body occur in the lower extremity, and they account for 10% of running injuries! Stress fractures are common in runners and athletes due to the repeated motion involved in many athletic activities. If you think you have a stress fracture, decreasing your amount of exercise and visiting your podiatrist are key in your recovery.

Neuroma: A Morton's Neuroma, or perineural fibrosis, is chronic scarring around a nerve. Scar tissue layers with fluid around a small nerve between your toes. Neuromas are usually caused by anything that compresses your toes together, and they are often caused by a combination of repetitive stress activities, like running, faulty biomechanics, or improper shoe gear.

Sports injuries are never fun, especially when they keep you from the activities you love! Common warning signs of a sports injuries you don't want to ignore include: joint pain, tenderness at a specific spot, swelling, reduced range of motion, weakness, and numbness and tingling. Early intervention by your podiatrist can help you get back in your favorite activities!

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