Injuries Can Happen to Anyone
A sports injury is any type of painful problem that arises as a result of participation in an athletic activity. Typically, these injuries can be divided into two categories: overuse and trauma-induced.
Overuse – The feet have been overworked and can no longer handle the strain. Repetitive motions and hard impacts, or simply changing or adding to your routine when your body is not prepared, can be enough to create a problem. Painful damage develops as a result of increased activities. Usually, the discomfort increases over time as the injury worsens.
Trauma – This is an accident that you generally cannot prevent. It happens suddenly and creates immediate pain and damage to your lower limbs. You often lose mobility or strength in the affected limb that makes it difficult or impossible to continue in your sport until you’ve healed.
In either case, no matter how your problem developed, you need treatment to take care of it. In most cases, the injury worsens if it goes untreated, potentially leading to long-term or permanent complications.
Sports Injury Treatment
Typically, taking care of sports injuries involves several stages of foot care: diagnosis, treatment, rehab, and an eventual return to your favorite activities. Dr. Kevin Sunshein and Dr. Anastasia Samouilov at Sunshein Podiatry Associates will carefully examine your foot or ankle to identify the exact injury, then they will develop an effective treatment plan to get you back into action at the earliest opportunity.
Across the board, you will generally need to take time away from high-impact activities and limit the amount of stress you place on your lower limbs. Depending on your injury, you may need to immobilize your injured foot or ankle until healed. This may include a walking boot or cast. You will also need to take steps to minimize swelling and inflammation, such as wrapping your foot in a compression bandage or icing it per doctors orders. After the initial damage has healed you may need physical therapy or rehab program to restore flexibility, strength, range of motion and conditioning for your sport.
In some cases, we may also recommend state-of-the-art MLS Laser Therapy to reduce pain, manage inflammation, and stimulate recovery in the injured area.
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