Classes are back in session and your child or teen is back on the practice field trying to be the best in their sport. Nearly any type of sporting activity has the potential for injury to the foot or ankle. You can’t always prevent an injury, but by talking with your young athlete and by making smart choices about how often they play, you give them the best possible chance to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, active sports participation.
We successfully treat sports injuries at Sunshein Podiatry Associates for patients of all ages. The sooner you get an injury assessed and treated, the quicker you can start the healing process and avoid it turning into a chronic condition.
Some common lower extremity sports injuries we treat are ankle/foot sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, contusions, abrasions/blisters, fractures and overuse injuries:
Common Causes of Sports Injuries
- Stops and Twists
- Improper Equipment/Shoes
- Insufficient Rest
- Improper Technique
- Different Types of Terrain
Here are some ways to prevent sport injuries in teens and children:
- Make sure they wear the appropriate shoes for their specific sport and that they are correctly sized.
- Encourage them to try a variety of sports or activities to avoid overuse injuries.
- Don’t overload them by playing on more than one team at a time.
- Encourage them not to ignore what their bodies are telling them – Pain is never normal!
Ice and rest can be helpful for many sports injuries, but sometimes a prompt visit to our office can help you avoid further damage to your foot or ankle.
When should you call for a podiatry appointment with us if you have a foot or ankle sports injury?
- Bruising or bleeding at the site of an injury
- Extreme swelling
- Difficulty walking
- Persistent or extreme pain
If your teen experiences a sports injury, we may also be able to treat them with our MLS Therapy Laser to help them heal more quickly and get back to playing their favorite sport. It reduces inflammation and swelling and promotes quicker healing which means a faster return to sports activities.
If you or your child experience a lower extremity sports injury, we can help. We can often see emergency injuries the same day during the week. Call (937)435-7477 for an appointment.