09 May Sports Injuries
Sports Injuries Can Slow Your Stride
To keep your feet safe during exercise, always:
- Warm up muscles before you start
- Stretch muscles gently after working out
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Build up the intensity of your workouts gradually
Despite your best efforts you may find yourself facing one of the following sports-related foot injuries. A podiatrist is your best source of information on diagnosing and treating these conditions.
The Lisfranc ligament connects the metatarsal and tarsal bones. Endurance athletes and horseback riders can be prone to this condition. A Lisfranc injury can be mistaken for a foot sprain so the right diagnosis is vital. Surgery is almost always necessary.
Ankle and Foot Sprains
These happen when ligaments are stretched out beyond their capacity. Minor sprains can be treated at home but you should still consult a doctor who can recommend a program of rehabilitative exercises. A moderate sprain might require the use of crutches.A sprain with a complete tear of the ligament can be as painful–and as serious–as a broken ankle or foot. In that case you should seek immediate emergency care.
Stress Fractures of Ankle and Foot
Home Care of Foot Injuries
Before you can see your doctor use the RICE method:
- Rest the injured foot for several days
- Ice packs should be applied regularly for the first 48 hours
- Compress the foot or ankle with an elastic bandage
- Elevate your foot, above the level of your heart if possible
Get on the Team
Call your doctor if you develop swelling, difficulty walking, redness in the area or increased pain.
When you exercise you’re taking steps to a healthy future. So it seems especially tough when you get benched by a foot injury. At Shuman Podiatry we are experts in sports medicine. We also have Team Programs that will keep your whole squad on their toes. Call us and we’ll make sure you stay in the game.
About: Dr Shuman provides podiatry services in Sterling, Ashburn, Lansdowne and Leesburg Va. Shuman Podiatry offers: custom orthotics, diabetic foot care, heel pain and spurs, wart removal and more. Contact Dr Shuman today for all your foot care needs.