Spring has sprung, and people are heading back outdoors. Ankle and foot injuries are frequent at this time of year, among those who exercise regularly and athletes. Today Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing information regarding some of the most common sports-related injuries he sees in his practice.
Most of these injuries are not life-threatening and will heal in a few weeks with proper treatment. In some cases, more serious injuries will require urgent medical intervention.
Some of the common minor injuries include the following:
1. Ankle sprains/strains: An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments in the ankle have either become torn or stretched. When the tendon or muscle is torn or stretched, an ankle strain occurs.
2. Turf toe: When the big toe is injured, it is referred to as turf toe.
3. Achilles tendonitis: This condition is caused by inflammation and overuse of the Achilles tendon.
4. Plantar fasciitis: This condition is characterized by the inflammation of the plantar fascia and typically occurs from overuse.
5. Stress fractures: These small cracks in the bone are also caused by overuse.
6. Achilles tendon ruptures: These are common, but far more serious which occurs when the Achilles tendon ruptures causing severe pain and difficulty walking. Some patients who have experienced this injury have reported no symptoms.
Treatment options extend over an extensive range of methods that depend upon the type of injury and its severity.
Conditions like Achilles tendonitis, turf toe, ankle sprains/ strains, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis, will typically heal on their own, without urgent medical care. However, we recommend seeing a podiatrist oversee the injury.
Adhering to the Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate (R-I-C-E) practice are usually enough to address more minor injuries. This includes either keeping pressure off the foot or not walking at all. You can ice the injury to reduce pain and swelling. Using a compression wrap will immobilize the foot and support healing. Elevating the wound will also diminish swelling and help the healing process.
Keep in mind that even minor injuries can differ in severity. Achilles tendon ruptures typically require urgent medical care by a podiatrist. Every case is unique, so you should always visit a podiatrist when foot pain does not subside.
If you require medical treatment for a sports-related foot or ankle injury, visit Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.