Any sort of sport brings with it physical fitness and a sense of accomplishment. However, there's also a risk of injury. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are several activities where injuries are particularly common: basketball, football, cheerleading, and soccer. In all of these sports, foot and ankle injuries can easily happen without proper training and equipment. Fortunately, Dr. Fjelstad, your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Physicians of Burnsville, Minnesota, specializes in treating sports medicine. Below, he discusses common injuries and how they're treated.
Common sports injuries
Regardless if you're dancing, playing tennis, or skateboarding, the most common sports-related injuries are ankle sprains. These happen when ligaments - connective tissue that runs between two bones - become stretched too far or even torn. Fractures are also commonly seen in sports medicine practices like Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville. These can range from stress fractures from repeated actions like jumping or running, or a complete break from a collision during football or hockey. Shin splints are a less serious, but still uncomfortable inflammatory injury that occurs most often during sports that are played on hard surfaces.
How we treat sports injuries
Sports medicine makes up a large part of our podiatry practice here in Burnsville. Diagnosis of injuries is the first step, followed by a customized treatment plan that will help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. It may be necessary to immobilize the foot or ankle with a cast or brace while it heals. Physical therapy can help you work through chronic problems. Prevention and education are the best way to avoid sports-related injuries, so consult Dr. Fjelstad before beginning any new exercise routine to learn the best ways to keep your feet and ankles healthy.
Make a visit to Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, a priority during your sports season. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fjelstad today!