As an athlete, few things can be more devastating than suffering an injury that forces you to the sideline. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we’ve helped athletes deal with missing time in the past. Our podiatrist is well versed in diagnosing and treating the common sports injuries that affect your feet. To learn more about this topic and how we can help, please schedule an appointment with our lead podiatrist Dr. Alec Hochstein.
Common Foot Injuries
Whether it be baseball, football, cycling, or any other sport, many different issues can affect your feet. Injuries to this area can be problematic, as your feet are responsible for bearing the brunt of your body weight. That being said, an injury to this area can make moving around an absolute nightmare. Below are just some examples of the injuries that can cause this complication:
- Achilles tendonitis.
- Bone spurs.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Ankle sprains.
- Bone breaks and fractures.
Our podiatrists at Great Neck Family Foot Care want to stress that the best way to treat sports injuries is to prevent them from ever taking place. There are many different ways to do this, which could be the difference between a championship season or one lost to injuries. Some of the best prevention methods include the following techniques:
- Always wear the right footwear for the sport you’re competing in (running shoes, cleats, etc.).
- Consider wearing supportive ankle braces or wraps when you’re competing.
- Warm-up and stretch before each physical activity.
- Don’t try and play through constant pain.
Just like there are different prevention methods, there are just as many treatments that can be done for your injury. Once our podiatrist has properly diagnosed the issue, the proper treatment regimen will be crafted. This plan can include the following methods:
- Bracing or casting the injured foot.
- Creation of custom orthotics.
- R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
- In extreme cases, surgical repairs.
Foot injuries should be taken care of right away to prevent future complications from taking place. If you let an injury linger, it can change the path of your athletic career forever. Our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care does not want to see that happen to you. If you’re looking for the treatment that gives you the best chance of getting back to your sport, contact our team right away.