Sports injuries affecting the foot and ankle require a special approach to ensure healing occurs properly. As a top-ranked podiatrist in Katonah, NY Dr. Hoffman is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries in the foot and ankle, helping patients of all ages get the care they need for proper healing.
by Pamela Hoffman, DPM
What are sports injuries?
Sports injuries are injuries that occur during any physical activity, not just competitive activities. They can affect athletes of all levels, including professional, student and amateur athletes, as well as recreational athletes who enjoy occasional sports activities, like biking, hiking, fun runs, league sports, and swimming. Common injuries include sprains, strains, fractures and damage to toenails.
What are some of the common causes of sports injuries?
Sports injuries can be caused by direct impact involving the foot or ankle or another area of the leg when it comes in contact with a hard object or surface or by the indirect impact that occurs from motions like twisting and torquing. Many feet and ankle injuries are caused by repetitive stress and impact from sports that involve running or from activities that require quick pivoting motions. These movements can place excessive strain on the bones, joints and soft tissue of the feet and ankles. Some sports injuries can be related to wearing athletic shoes that do not fit well or do not provide enough support, subjecting the feet and ankles to considerable strains and stresses. Injuries can affect the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft and connective tissues. Many injuries affect multiple components of the foot and ankle, which means it is very important to see a podiatrist with special training in treating sports injuries.
How are sports injuries to the feet and ankles treated?
Treatment begins with a comprehensive diagnosis using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging techniques as well as visual and hands-on assessments to determine the cause of injury and the extent of the damage. Depending on the cause and type of injury, treatment plans may include the use of oral or injected medications to relieve pain and inflammation, physical therapy, casting or splinting, and custom made orthotics. In more severe cases that do not respond to conservative approaches, surgery may be necessary.