With its large population base, diverse mix of cultures, and of course glorious weather all year long, there’s no place on the globe like Southern California when it comes to sports. That includes plenty of places to run and play, clubs and rec leagues for all the major (and minor) team sports, and even the home facilities for a PGA tournament and tennis’ “fifth Grand Slam,” located just minutes from our Palm Desert office. And Southern California is perhaps the only place in the world where you can go skiing and surfing in the same day!
With so many activities to do and so many beautiful days to enjoy them, it’s no wonder we see so many sports injury patients at our office. Some of the most common include:
- Ankle Sprains. These are among the most common injuries in nearly any sport. Although you may be tempted to think they aren’t that bad, an ankle sprain that doesn’t heal properly can lead to recurrent problems, including chronic pain and instability.
- Achilles Tendon Problems. Particularly common in middle aged men, the Achilles tendon could be swollen and inflamed (tendinitis) or even tear partially or completely (rupture).
- Heel Pain. Conditions that cause heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, are common overuse injuries among runners and other athletes who don’t build up to new activities or give their feet adequate rest time.
- Ball of Foot Pain. Certain running styles, sports on hard surfaces, or even stress from walking the course and swinging the clubs can cause front-of-foot conditions like capsulitis, neuromas, or sesamoiditis.
- Fractures. Although significant breaks are far more common in sports with more contact (like football), stress fractures—tiny cracks in bone—are a common response to overuse from any high-impact activity, such as running.
- Turf Toe. True to its name, turf toe—basically a sprain caused by a hyperextended big toe—is most common in team sports played on sticky artificial grass (particularly older generations of turf). But it’s very possible in other sports and on other surfaces, too.
Regardless of your preferred athletic activity or the location and severity of problem, Dr. Harvey Danciger in Palm Desert, CA is your #1 foot and ankle sports injury doctor in Southern California. From conservative to surgical care, and even advanced laser therapy, trust our training, tools, and expertise to get you back up and in the game. To schedule an appointment, please use our online form or give us a call at 760-568-0108.