Whether you participate in athletics recreationally or professionally, sports injuries are always a possibility. Just think about how much stress is placed on your feet and ankles when you run, jump, slide, change directions, or stop short and it’s easy to see why! Not to worry though – we’ve got you covered. From tackling football injuries to stopping running problems, to getting a jump on basketball issues, Dr. Harvey R. Danciger uses advanced foot and ankle care to get you off the sidelines and back in the game.
Ligaments Stretched Too Far
Ankle sprains are a common injury that can happen in just about any sport you play. When you suddenly twist or roll your ankle, the ligaments that hold your bones in place stretch too far and are no longer able to bounce back and provide their usual support. Tendons can be damaged as well causing even more difficulty bearing weight. Discoloration and swelling are usually present. Turf toe is a similar situation, where the toe is planted and stays that way as weight shifts forward, overextending the limits of ligaments and causing pain.
Muscles Pushed Too Much
Muscle strains and shin splints are two examples of pushing your body without preparing it first. Typically, these sports injuries occur when athletes neglect to warm up properly and train too vigorously. Sudden increases in duration and intensity of workouts can cause muscles to become inflamed or tear.
Stress Placed Too Often
Overuse is what’s behind three of the most common sports injuries around: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures. Repetitive stress from pounding the pavement or jumping over and over again can damage the band of tissues that span your arch (plantar fascia), inflame your Achilles, and cause tiny cracks in your bones. Without giving these injuries the time they need to heal, they can all progress into even bigger problems, including heel spurs, tendon ruptures, and broken bones.
Treatments Put Off for Too Long
It’s important not to ignore an athletic injury and try to keep powering through it. This typically has adverse effects, and may even cause an injury that could have been resolved quickly to evolve into something that becomes a season-ending problem. Seeking treatment at the first signs of trouble will allow your body to get the help it needs so healing can take place sooner and a return to activity can happen faster.
Conservative measures are usually the preferred approach and are often successful. Rest is at the top of the list! Stop the activity that caused the problem and fully rest or substitute lower-impact options like swimming or yoga. Ice and anti-inflammatory medication will help with pain and swelling, as will using an elastic bandage to compress the injury, and a pillow to elevate it. Physical therapy will help to restore function and mobility, and taking steps to protect the injury will help once you return. This includes wearing shoes that fit well and are appropriate for your activity, wearing a brace for support, and investing in orthotics which also provide support and can correct biomechanical issues that may be increasing your risk of injury.
If you need help with an athletic injury, don’t put off making an appointment. Call (760) 568-0108 to reach our Palm Desert, CA office and schedule a visit with Dr. Harvey Danciger today!