Even athletes that are in top shape and perfect health can develop sports related foot injuries. Most athlete’s feet are under constant pressure and can experience many bumps and bruises that can eventually lead to a problematic foot condition. Our podiatrists provide a wide range of treatments, depending on the injury, including innovative new platelet rich plasma therapy.
If you are concerned that you might have a foot injury, call us at 561-793-6170 today or click here to request an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists in Royal Palm Beach or our other South Florida locations.
About Sports Injuries
What are Sports Injuries?
You may often hear about football toe injuries or basketball ankle injuries; but no matter the sport, injuries can occur; very often those injuries can involve your ankles, feet or toes. Some common foot and ankle injuries include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Sprain
- Stress Fracture
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Muscle Pulls
- Muscle Cramps
Sports injuries most often have painful symptoms that might keep you out of the game and sitting on the bench. In many cases, sports injuries of the ankles and feet are overuse injuries, so a few days rest might be enough to get you back into the game. If pain persists and does not respond to rest, icing, compression, and elevation, seek treatment from a podiatrist right away.
Many athletes tend to push themselves hard and cause ankle or foot injuries that are a result of overuse. The most common treatment for many injuries is called the R.I.C.E. method, which stands for rest, icing, compression, and elevation. However, only your doctor can determine the best method of treatment for your sports injuries and it depends on their diagnosis. If you are experiencing repeated sports injuries, areas to look at include inspecting to see if you are using the right sneakers, evaluating if therapy or training is necessary, and ensuring that you are allowing proper healing time in between injuries. A podiatrist might also prescribe platelet rich plasma therapy to speed up the healing process.
Diagnosing Sports Injuries
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for sports injury treatment? Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back in the game. Diagnosing a sports injury starts out with an examination of your ankle or foot. The doctor will also examine the wear on the shoes. In some cases, x-rays or other medical imaging tests will be taken to get a better idea of the structure inside your foot and rule out any fractures or broken bones. Be prepared to explain to your podiatrist the level of pain you are experiencing, when it started and what makes it better or worse. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different types of sports injuries. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet and ankles.