Find out more about sports-related injuries and your treatment options.
If you or your child is involved in sports, the main goal (besides having fun, of course) is to make sure that you protect yourself from injuries; however, even with the best safety precautions in place, injuries can still happen. Our Burnsville, MN, podiatrist, Dr. Kim Fjelstad, has seen a lot of injuries over the years but these tend to be the most common.
This condition causes microtears and inflammation in the Achilles tendon, the tendon that connects the heel bone to the calf. Unlike other injuries, this condition often comes about over time rather than suddenly and is usually the result of overuse. If you notice pain or swelling at the top of the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles tendinitis.
This is another common cause of heel pain. This condition causes inflammation in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Those with plantar fasciitis will experience heel pain and sometimes pain around the arches. Symptoms may be worse first thing in the morning but pain and stiffness may ease up throughout the day.
Symptoms of a sprained ankle will vary depending on the severity of the sprain. In minor cases, you may only experience some pain or swelling. It may be difficult to put weight on the ankle or you may even notice bruising or tenderness of the affected ankle.
This is usually one of the most common sports-related injuries. No matter whether you play contact sports or participate in dance, there are a myriad of athletic activities that can put someone at risk for stress fractures. It’s the repeated stress placed on the foot and ankle that over time can lead to a small crack in a bone.
While these are some of the most common sports-related injuries we see this certainly isn’t a comprehensive list. Those patients with more minor injuries can often just treat their symptoms at home with the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation); however, it’s also important to know when it’s time to visit our Burnsville foot doctor. You should seek medical care right away if you:
- Are experiencing severe pain or swelling
- Have an open wound
- Have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet
- Notice signs of an infection such as warmth and/or redness and a fever
- Are unable to bear weight on the affected foot or ankle
Not all symptoms require urgent medical attention; however, it’s still important to schedule an appointment with us if:
- You suspect that you sprained your ankle or have broken a bone
- You have pain or swelling that doesn’t go away or doesn’t improve after a few days
- You notice tingling, numbness or weakness in the foot or ankle
Don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, for all of your sports-related injuries. We are here to help keep you on the field and off the bench!