Injuries to the feet and ankles have the potential to impact professional and amateur athletes alike.
At the Community Foot Clinic of McPherson, we specialize in treating foot and ankle sports injuries using a combination of modern treatments and time-tested techniques. Our staff is composed of experienced, compassionate professionals who provide personalized care to athletes of all levels.
We understand the importance of getting back in the game as quickly and safely as possible and are committed to helping you do just that.
Common Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can be broadly categorized into two classes – acute and overuse.
Acute injuries occur suddenly when the body is met with an impactful force. Common examples include sprains, strains, dislocations, broken bones, and ruptured tendons.
Overuse injuries take place over time due to repetitive motions or activities that put stress on a particular joint or muscle. Common examples of overuse injuries include stress fractures, tendinitis, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis.
Either form of injury to the foot has the potential to severely limit an athlete’s ability to perform, so it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible when signs of injury occur.
Community Foot Clinic of McPherson treats many common sport-related foot and ankle injuries, including:
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Forefoot pain (metatarsalgia)
- Heel pain (including plantar fasciitis)
- Heel spurs
- Midfoot injuries
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures
- Toe fractures
- Turf toe
First Steps in Sports Injury Care
Whether it’s a mild ache or more immediate pain, the first step in managing any injury to the foot is applying the RICE process.
R – Rest the Injured Area
I – Ice for 15-20 minutes several times a day
C – Compress with wrap or bandage
E – Elevate the injured area as much as possible while sitting or sleeping
In cases where your injury does not respond to RICE, causes severe pain, or impairs mobility, it’s important to seek professional medical help. Our team of experts can take the guesswork out of recovery for you by conducting a thorough examination of your injury and providing an accurate diagnosis. We can then recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific condition.
Treatment Options for Sports Injuries
Many sports-related foot and ankle injuries can be remedied with time and rest. However, more serious or chronic conditions may require additional treatments to ensure the most successful recovery possible.
Depending on your injury, some of these treatment options may include:
Physical Therapy: This can help you restore your range of motion and strength with targeted exercises, massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.
Injection Therapy: Steroid injections can reduce inflammation, while hyaluronic acid injections are used to restore lubrication and cushioning within the joint.
Custom Orthotics: Specialized orthotic devices can be custom-made to help support the foot and reduce strain on injured areas.
Laser Therapy: This non-invasive treatment uses low-level lasers to reduce inflammation, stimulate healing and increase the production of endorphins.
Immobilization: Immobilization can help reduce stress on an injured area by limiting the range of motion.
Changes to Footwear/Workout Routines: Making adjustments to your footwear or workout routine can help keep you from overusing an injured area.
Surgery: In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a more serious sports-related injury.
Don’t Let Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries Sideline You
At Community Foot Clinic of McPherson, we aim to help you get back on the field or court as quickly and safely as possible. Whether you need help managing the pain of an acute injury or have a more chronic condition preventing you from performing at your best, our team of experienced foot care professionals can provide the treatment you need to get back in the game.
If you have any questions or concerns about a sports-related foot and ankle injury, don’t wait—schedule an appointment with our team today by contacting our office!
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