Sports injuries are a common problem, affecting more than 3.5 million Americans every year. At Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons Eric Harmelin, DPM, and Rikhil Patel, DPM, specialize in diagnosing and treating sports injuries, including stress fractures, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendon injuries. To schedule an appointment at the office in Annapolis, Stevensville, or Glen Burnie, Maryland, call or book online today.
Sports injuries occur during exercise or other types of physical activity. They affect people of all ages but are especially common in children and teens because their bodies are still growing. You’re also more likely to suffer a sports injury if you live a sedentary lifestyle, fail to warm up before exercise, or play contact sports.
Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center diagnosis and treats various sports injuries, including:
You might also benefit from sports injury treatment if you develop a neuroma, a plantar plate injury, or turf toe.
Most sports injuries respond to conservative at-home treatments like ice, rest, elevation, and over-the-counter pain medication. Make an appointment at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center if you experience any of the following symptoms:
You should also seek professional help if your injury makes it difficult to move or place weight on your affected foot or ankle.
To diagnose sports injuries, Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including their severity, if any activities make them worse, and when they first started. Your provider also tests your reflexes, muscle strength, gait, and posture.
If a physical exam isn’t enough to identify the source of your discomfort, your provider orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays, an MRI, or a bone scan. These measures provide detailed photos of your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
Treatment of sports injuries depends on the cause and severity of your symptoms. Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center usually recommends conservative treatments like ice, rest, physical therapy, and custom orthotics. You might also benefit from more supportive footwear, splints, or activity modifications.
If your sports injury persists or worsens, surgical intervention may be necessary. Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center offers both reconstructive and minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery.
There’s no way to prevent sports injuries entirely, but there are things you can do to lower your risk. Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center recommends practicing good posture, using the proper equipment, and easing into new activities.
It’s important to listen to your body. If you experience any pain or stiffness, take it easy. Continuing to work out could lead to an accident or injury.
To further explore treatment for podiatric sports injuries, make an appointment at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. Call the nearest office or schedule online today.