Whether you’re a pro athlete or a weekend warrior, sports injuries to your feet or ankles can be a scary prospect.
At Community Foot Clinic of McPherson, we help patients of all activity levels achieve fast and solid recoveries, getting them back to doing what they love with less risk of problems occurring again in the future. We employ a variety of both traditional and advanced techniques for doing so, making sure our recommendations best fit the personal needs of each patient.
Types of Sports Injuries
Sports injuries can be broadly categorized into two types:
- Acute injuries, which occur suddenly through hard impacts or sudden forces. Think of ankle sprains, broken bones, and ruptured tendons.
- Overuse injuries, which tend to occur when the body is made to endure too much exertion either all at once, or through repetitive impacts over time. Stress fractures, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis (heel pain) tend to fall within this category.
While acute injuries are often more immediately painful and debilitating, overuse injuries should never be ignored. The longer they are allowed to continue without proper treatment, the more likely they are to become chronic and more severe.
Common sports-related foot and ankle injuries we treat include:
The Best Treatments for Sports Injuries
Sometimes a minor “aches and pains” injury may happen, for which simple RICE therapy is an effective treatment:
- Rest the injured area.
- Ice for 15-20 minutes, several times per day.
- Compress with a wrap or bandage.
- Elevate the injured area as often as possible while sitting or sleeping.
Contact us for any injury that causes significant pain or impaired mobility, or does not improve after a couple days of RICE treatment. We will provide a full evaluation of your situation – including both a physical examination and a discussion of your activity levels and goals – to recommend a course of treatment that helps you recover as quickly and effectively as possible.
For some cases, simple changes and traditional treatments are all that may be needed to guide recovery. Other times, more advanced methods may be required. We will always be happy to discuss with you why we are making the recommendations we provide.
A course of treatment might include, but is not limited to:
- Physical therapy, in the form of specific stretches and exercises designed to condition and rehabilitate vulnerable areas.
- Custom orthotics, specialized inserts placed in footwear, to provide exact amounts of cushioning and corrective support where needed.
- Injection therapy, where injections of cortisone are targeted into injured tissues for temporary relief of pain.
- Laser therapy, where light energy is used to stimulate blood flow and healing responses in injured tissues.
- Immobilization by placing an injury in a short cast, brace, walking boot, or another device to aid in healing.
- Changes to footwear and/or workout routines to take excess stress off injured areas and reduce the risk of future injuries.
If more conservative methods of treatment such as these do not prove to be effective (especially in cases such as severe fractures), surgery may be necessary.
Do Not Let Sports Injuries Sideline You!
Whatever foot or ankle pains you may be dealing with, it’s always better to address them now instead of just hoping they go away on their own. We’ll help you get back to 100% as soon as we safely can.
Schedule an appointment at one of our offices in McPherson, Herington, or Hillsboro by calling (620) 241-3313.