Yes, you are an athlete! Whether you train or run errands all day, your feet undergo much of the same stress as athletes.
Your foot is under significant stress from everyday activity. Certain athletes, such as dancers, gymnasts, or basketball players have an increased risk of toe, foot, and ankle injuries. The risk for injury is higher in sports with jumping such as basketball, or sports with quick direction change such as soccer or football. Any bone injury near a joint may injure the growth plate in a child and needs to be evaluated.
When should you see a podiatrist for a sports injury?
- You experience severe pain when walking or engaging in physical activity
- You have severe swelling or tenderness
- Not being able to place weight on your foot or ankle
- Pain persists for more than 48 hours
What are my treatment options for a sports injury?
Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment can include targeted physical therapy as well as icing and pain medication, with a focus on a safe and early return to activity. Immobilizing boots may also be required for a short period, and other complicated conditions may require surgery, although this is always our last resort.