Sports Injuries Specialists

Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center -  - Podiatry

Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatry located in Carmichael, CA & Sacramento, CA

Have you injured your foot and/or ankle playing sports? Sports and exercise are great for the body, however sports injuries can and do occur. Rely on expert podiatrists at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center in Carmichael and Sacramento, California, to quickly diagnose injury and start treatment right away so you are on the path to a full recovery. If you have injured your foot or ankle playing sports, call Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are Sports Injuries?

Sports injuries are the result of damaging yourself when you’re playing sports, training, or taking part in any physically active pursuit.

Many sports injuries are preventable and occur because people don’t know how to perform a proper warm-up, or they skip these essential safety steps. Poor technique can cause many types of sporting injuries, and pushing yourself too hard or before you’re ready can also increase your risk.

When it comes to feet and ankles, wearing unsuitable or worn-out footwear can lead to sports injuries, so investing in well-fitting footwear that supports your feet correctly is definitely worthwhile.

Repetitive strain can cause sports injuries, so try to avoid doing the same thing over and over again. Use different training techniques, and never ignore any pain or other symptoms in your feet and ankles.

What Kinds of Sports Injuries Could Affect My Feet and Ankles?

Sports injuries that commonly affect feet and legs include:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ankle fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Leg cramps
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Iliotibial band (IT-Band) syndrome
  • Stress fractures
  • Hamstring strain
  • Tendonitis

 

If you take appropriate steps when you first start experiencing symptoms, then you can often prevent sports injuries from getting worse. Many injuries will clear up within a few weeks with rest and care.

How are Sports Injuries Treated?

Resting the injured part is vital, so you should avoid the activity that caused the injury until it heals. If you need to keep training, you might be able to do so as long as you can work out a program that doesn’t involve stressing the injury.

Other initial treatments for sports injuries include:

  • Ice packs
  • Compression bandages
  • Athletic tape
  • Elevating the leg
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Physical therapies
  • Braces
  • Custom orthotics 

Treatments for specific injuries depend on the nature of the injury and its severity. Your provider at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center has access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to help pinpoint the cause of your pain and assess how extensive the injury is.

You might need to have steroid injections to reduce inflammation, or noninvasive laser therapy to promote healing. Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center uses MLS® (Multiwave Locked System) Laser Therapy to treat pain, inflammation, and edema.

In some instances, you might need to undergo surgery to fix the cause of the problem.

If you incur a sports injury in your foot, ankle, or lower leg, don’t try to run it off. Visit a podiatrist at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center for a fast and accurate diagnosis, and the best available treatments. Call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.