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Need a podiatrist to help out with sports injuries?
Sports are fun, but they always open you up to the possibility of an injury. Highly competitive sports, such as football, weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling, all pose higher risks of sports injuries, as well, which is why having a podiatrist in River North and Schaumburg, IL is important.
Common Sports Injuries That Your River North and Schaumburg, IL, Doctor Can Help With:
Achilles Tendinitis: This condition affects the Achilles tendon in your foot, the largest tendon in the body. Achilles tendinitis is a result of sports overuse, degeneration, and/or wearing down with age and time.
Plantar Fasciitis: This is when plantar fascia (the thick tissue supporting the arch of your foot) absorbs too much stress. Plantar fascia tissues strain and become inflamed from activities like running, resulting in heel pain.
Stress Fractures: Sports like running, basketball, tennis, gymnastics, and dance may lead to foot and ankle stress fractures. This is because of repetitive stress placed on feet and ankles.
Ankle Sprain: A sprained ankle is caused by a twisting of your foot ligaments, and leads to minimal or severe pain, making it difficult to walk and stand.
Heel Spur: This is a calcium deposit that causes a bony protrusion on the heel, and it usually occurs to athletes with flat feet or high arches. Running on hard surfaces, poor footwear, age, and weight, are all contributing factors as well.
Sports are a great way to stay fit and have fun, but if you're not careful, you may suffer from serious injuries. If you have questions and would like more information on treatment for sports injuries, call (801) 766-6344 for the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL!
Sports and exercise condition your cardiovascular system, muscles, bones, and connective tissues, helping you stay fit and active. But sports also may cause sudden and repetitive motion injuries. The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, specialize in sports injuries of all kinds. They'll keep your feet and ankles functional and feeling great.
What happens during exercise?
A number of things happen to your feet and ankles. One is your feet impact a hard, soft, even or uneven surface. Repetitive motion activities, such as tennis, running, and dancing, stress the heel and forefoot over and over again, placing pressure on the bones and stretching the ligaments and tendons.
Additionally, sport and exercise often present the unexpected. A sudden blow from an opponent in a soccer game or a sharp twisting motion as you run down a hill can send you to the ER in River North and Schaumburg with a suspected fracture, severe sprain, or other sports injury.
Common sports injuries
At the Center for Podiatric Medicine, your team of four highly-qualified podiatrists see, diagnose, and treat a variety of sports and exercise-related injuries to the foot and ankle. Ankle sprains remain the most common injury, reports the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Typically, a stretching or tearing of the ligament on the outer aspect of the ankle, these sprains can lead to serious ankle instability and immobility if not treated promptly.
Other frequent problems are:
- Corns and calluses from friction inside footwear
- Fractures of the ankle, toes, metatarsal bones, and heel (both acute and stress fractures)
- Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon which connects the heel and the calf muscle
- Plantar fasciitis, pain, and inflammation associated with the broad band of fibrous tissue in the arch of the foot
Your foot doctor should see any of these injuries, perform a complete podiatric exam, and take X-rays and/or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) as needed. Often, common sense measures such as rest, ice, compression with an elastic bandage, elevation, and over-the-counter analgesics repair many injuries. However, surgery, casting, physical therapy, and other interventions may be needed to speed healing and avoid long-term disability.
Preventing sports injuries
Preventive measures aid keep bones strong and muscles and connective tissues flexible and conditioned. Your foot doctor highly recommends routine physical activity to avoid sudden injury. In other words, don't be a weekend warrior, but keep in good shape with a plan of routine exercise.
Also, stretch before you run, play basketball, cycle, and so on. Wear proper, well-supportive footwear, and if you tend to get sprains, ask your trainer or foot doctor about elastic bandaging or tape to support your feet and ankles. Customized shoe orthotics from the Center for Podiatric Medicine cushion and correct gait problems which can place undue pressure on toes, the balls of the feet, heels, and other areas.
When a sports injury happens, get help at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL.
There are countless times when individuals experience foot or ankle injuries (among others) during physical activity. With countless years of expertise, your River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL podiatrists -- Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Bryan Hersh and Dr. Michael Lacey at the Center For Podiatric Medicine -- can evaluate each patient and determine a diagnosis and treatment plan that will help them recover from their sports injuries with the most ease.
Common Sport Injuries
While there are countless sport injuries, here are the most common:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ingrown toenails
Ultimately, the treatment plans created for each patient will vary and will depend on their medical history, their current sports injury and their level of activity. Some treatments such as icing, elevation and rest are more conservative and may serve the minor sports injuries. Other treatments may be more invasive and will need direction from a professional podiatrist.
Diagnosing a Sports Injury in River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John
After a discussion of your medical history, your podiatrist will determine which tests are required for proper diagnosis. To successfully diagnose a foot or ankle condition, diagnostic tests such as x-rays or MRIs will need to be performed. These tests will help determine whether orthotics, braces or taping, stretching and strengthening, physical therapy, electric stimulation, ultrasound or injections are needed for your particular sports injury.
At the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago and St. John, IL, we treat all types of patients with foot or heal pain and can even help our patients to reduce their chance of being injured in the future. To schedule a comprehensive appointment today with the Center For Podiatric Medicine call them today.