When sports injuries affect your feet or ankles, it takes you out of training and competition for days, weeks, or even months. At Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic in Westminster, Colorado, Katherine Parodi, DPM, and Jacob Stuart, DPM, offer prompt care for sports injuries to get you back to your game or sport as quickly and safely as possible. They also offer recommendations that can help you avoid future injuries and interruptions in play. Call today to set up an appointment or use this website to book online.
Sports injuries commonly happen during any type of exercise. Certain activities especially increase your risk of hurting your foot and ankle. These include:
If your sport requires you to run, jump, or wear tight-fitting shoes, you’re also at greater risk of a foot or ankle injury.
Whenever you experience an injury to your feet or ankles, it’s a good idea to get checked out by the team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic. You may notice pain, compromised movement, swelling, or weakness in the foot, heel, ankle, or toes.
Any visible bruising, deformity, or inability to use your foot or ankle signs a serious injury that requires immediate care.
The team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic treats chronic injuries and acute cases. Chronic injuries occur due to overuse or improper form. You can also develop chronic injuries by failing to stretch and warm up properly or from wearing the wrong type of shoes.
Acute injuries occur during training or play. They are usually caused by falls, quick pivots, or a tackle.
Some of the most common injuries treated at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic are:
Your Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscle to your heel. Overuse and repetitive stress cause irritation in this tendon, making activity painful. Without treatment, you may also develop compensatory pain in areas like the hips and knees.
Achilles tendonitis negatively affects your sports performance and can make running, jumping, and walking painful. You also put yourself at risk of a serious rupture of the tendon.
The thick ligament at the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, is vulnerable to inflammation and irritation. You feel stabbing pain in your heel due to overuse and poor foot mechanics. Rest, pain medications, custom orthotics, and splinting can help heal your plantar fasciitis pain and get you back in the game faster.
When the ligaments that support your ankle joint are overstretched, you have an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains are incredibly common. Their severity ranges wildly in intensity. Mild sprains cause mild swelling and pain and heal within a few weeks. Severe sprains in which the ligaments tear completely may require months of rest and rehabilitation.
Overt fractures can occur in any of the bones of your ankle or foot. Hairline, also known as stress, fractures are also possible. The team at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic brace or cast foot and ankle fractures and provide you with a healing timeline as well as physical therapy to expedite your recovery.
If you’ve suffered a sports injury, get the compassionate, experienced care you need at Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Clinic. Call today to set up an appointment or use this website to book online.