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How Athletes Can Prevent Foot and Ankle Injuries

While sports offer many benefits to those who participate in them, they can also put one at a higher risk for injury. Athletes are especially prone to foot and ankle injuries, because these two body parts are utilized in most sports. Luckily, there are ways to help prevent injuring your feet and ankles. Stretching before engaging in any physical activity will help warm up the muscles and lessen the chances of them becoming strained. Choosing shoes that properly fit you, as well as the specific sport you play, is also important. For example, the shoes worn during basketball and tennis are extremely different, so finding the right fit for your activity will help keep your feet healthy. Also, avoid running or stepping on uneven surfaces because this will increase your risk for sprains and breaks. If you would like additional information on how to keep your feet and ankles safe, speak with a podiatrist.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma covers a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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