If you play sports, work on your feet all day, or lead an active lifestyle, there will always be a risk of injury. Running, jumping, repetitive movements, and accidental impacts can be very hard on your feet and ankles.
Unfortunately, athletes and working folks alike often try to hide their discomfort and “play through the pain,” rather than seeking medical help. Unfortunately, this can often make the injury worse.
It’s always better to stop playing and, if pain persists, seek help from a foot and ankle specialist like Dr. Lisa Brandy. We can help you recover from your pain as quickly as possible.
Ankle sprains are by far the most common sports injury we treat at Trinity Foot Center.
Sprains occur when the ankle is excessively twisted or hyperextended, stretching and tearing one or more of the ligaments that support and protect the joint. They are graded according to severity:
- Grade I: Stretching or mild tearing in the ligament. You may feel tenderness and stiffness. It’s usually still possible to walk with mild discomfort.
- Grade II: Incomplete tearing in the ligament. Swelling, bruising, tenderness, and instability are common symptoms.
- Grade III: Complete tearing of the ligament. Severe swelling and bruising. Walking is impossible due to intense pain and instability, or wobbliness, in the ankle.
Ankle sprains should always receive professional evaluation and treatment—even if it’s only Grade I. If your ankle sprain is not able to heal properly, you may develop chronic pain, arthritis, and even instability in the joint. You will also be much more likely to injure your ankle again and again, contributing to even more pain and instability.
Treatment for your ankle sprain depends on the severity of the injury and your personal goals. Mild sprains may only require a few days of rest or physical therapy. More serious sprains may require compression bandages, casting, or in some cases surgical repair.
We will also help you determine whether inserts, custom orthotics, or improved shoe gear can help you reduce your risk of future injury.
Other Common Foot & Ankle Sport Injuries
Sports injuries of the feet and ankles fall into two broad categories. Traumatic injuries are usually the result of sudden impacts or accidents that produce instantaneous (and often severe) pain. Overuse injuries develop slowly over time, due to repetitive motions and wear and tear on feet and joints.
Traumatic sports injuries we treat at Trinity Foot Center include:
- Muscle strains
- Tendon ruptures
- Broken toes
- Broken feet
- Broken ankles
Overuse sports injuries we treat at Trinity Foot Center include:
- Heel pain (including plantar fasciitis)
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
Fitness and Your Feet
Although there’s no way to guarantee that you won’t suffer an injury, you can reduce your risk by taking good care of your feet. Taking proper precautions and listening to what your feet are telling you can often prevent injuries before they occur.
- Wear appropriate shoe gear. This means shoes that are the right size and shape for your feet and are designed for the sport or activity you play. You should also replace shoes promptly once they are worn out, since they can no longer provide the necessary shock absorption for your feet.
- Ease into new activities. If you are starting a new sport or exercise program, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your activities. This gives your body a chance to adjust to new challenges and resist injury.
- Avoid overtraining. It’s important that your feet get a chance to rest and recover. Listen to your feet and don’t keep pushing if you are in pain.
- Cross train. One great way to keep up your fitness but avoid overtraining is by cross-training in different activities. Instead of high-impact sports (running, basketball, etc.) every day, mix in low-impact workouts like weight training, cycling, or swimming.
- Always warm up and cool down. Light stretching and cardio will help warm up the muscles and prepare you mentally and physically for activity.
Remember that, while a little soreness after a workout is normal, you should never be in pain during or after activity. If your activities are causing you pain, please visit Trinity Foot Center so we can fix the problem and help you prevent it from reoccurring!
To schedule an appointment with us, please call (972) 293-9650 today.
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1801 N. Hampton Road
DeSoto, TX 75115