Sporting events appeal to billions of humans throughout the world, and there are various theories as to why this is the case. Some speculate that the intrigue of an outcome not predestined plays a role (even though our Sacramento Kings certainly seem predestined not to win many games). Others believe that childhood participation in sports creates an emotional connection to them. Social bonding as family members and friends watch together is almost certainly a part of the picture also.
No matter the reasons we watch—or play, no one wants to see a favorite player go down with any of the common sports injuries There are a variety of ways someone can get hurt in most, if not all, forms of physical activity, but feet and ankles are particularly at risk for injury. This makes sense due to the necessity for the running and jumping featured in most popular sports.
Every physical activity carries heightened risk for injury, but the good news is that most sports injuries are treatable, and most do not require surgical procedures. Some of the foot and ankle injuries sustained during athletic participation include:
Ankle Sprains – Physical activity increases the likelihood of this injury, which happens when a foot twists too far beyond its intended range of motion. An ankle sprain has similar symptoms to a fracture, so it is important to come see us for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Stress Fractures – This common overuse injury happens when fatigued muscles pass along physical forces to bone tissues instead of absorbing them. When bones do not have enough time and rest to repair themselves, it can lead to tiny cracks that can cause big pain. McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group can help you understand how to prevent stress fractures from happening in the first place.
Achilles Tendinitis – Commonly experienced by “weekend warrior” participants in recreational sporting leagues or during pick-up games of basketball or tennis, the Achilles tendon can become inflamed and lead to a painful foot.
No one wants to get hurt while staying active for health or enjoyment, but the good news is that many common sports injuries can be treated with the use of conservative care. Here at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we provide the treatment you need and can offer tips to prevent injury. Call our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.