Treatment for Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are not a problem only ambitious pros-in-the-making can experience. If you are in motion, there’s always at least some chance that an injury may occur.

That said, how you account for injury potential (and what you do if and when one occurs) can help you reduce your injury risk and promote speedier recovery. At Total Foot and Ankle, we see sports injuries not just as something to effectively treat when they happen, but to take steps to keep from happening in the first place. 

In other words, we want to see you keep moving!

Types of Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries

 

Sports injuries can come in many different forms – especially in an area like the foot and ankle, which has many moving parts.

There are many specific and sometimes overlapping reasons why sports injuries occur, but nearly all of them can be placed into one of two broad categories:

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Acute Traumatic Injuries

When a sudden, powerful force is applied to the body, it can often result in injury. Traumatic injuries are the ones you may think of first when you see a player take a hard hit and have to be carted off the field, but they can also result from extreme twists, hard landings from jumps and falls, or your foot being too firmly planted while the rest of you continues moving.

Fractures and ankle sprains are very common types of acute traumatic injuries we see. It is always worth contacting us if you suspect such an injury has occurred – even if you don’t feel the problem may be severe at first.

Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries do not tend to be as immediate as acute injuries, although it can sometimes feel like they are. 

“Overuse” essentially refers to pushing your body harder than it is currently conditioned to endure. This may happen by engaging in intense activities your body is not yet used to, or through repetitive stresses and impacts that you don’t give your body enough opportunity to rest and recover from.

Common overuse injuries of the foot and ankle include:

Symptoms of many overuse injuries will tend to become worse or better with various actions or at various times. While it might seem like you can get by for a while with one, do not ignore the problem. It can easily become worse or longer-lasting without the proper attention.

Treating Sports Injuries

The first actions you take following any sports injury can have a significant impact on your overall symptoms and recovery.

First, and most importantly, stop what you’re doing. Don’t try to “walk off” an injury or push through the pain. You only risk making the problem worse.

Instead, schedule an appointment with us and begin “RICE” therapy as soon as possible. This is an acronym that stands for:

  • Rest. Keep weight off the affected foot or ankle as much as possible.
  • Ice. Apply cold for 12-15 minutes several times per day (but make sure to wrap the source of cold in a thin towel first to help avoid skin damage).
  • Compress. Apply a wrap or compression bandage, but only if you are confident in doing so. If not, this step can be skipped.
  • Elevate. Keep the injured area above the level of your heart whenever sitting or lying down.

RICE therapy can have the greatest positive effects within the first 48 hours of an injury, significantly reducing pain and swelling.

When we see you, we will thoroughly evaluate the injury and the circumstances surrounding it – so don’t be surprised if we ask you some questions such as what you were doing when you first noticed symptoms and when they feel worst. The more information we have, the more likely we can quickly and effectively address the problem.

Our goal for treating sports injuries is always to get you back to full strength and the activities you love as quickly and as safely as possible, as well as to help reduce the chances of such injuries happening again. We will recommend a treatment plan depending on the condition and your needs. Parts of a plan might include:

  • Continued rest to allow recovery.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to help relieve symptoms.
  • Changes to activity levels and/or footwear, to help take excess stress off vulnerable areas.
  • The use of orthotics (prefabricated or custom) to provide additional support and redistribution of weight where needed.
  • Advanced treatments, such as laser therapy, to help relieve pain and accelerate recovery.

It’s important to be patient and to follow through with all treatment recommendations. Pushing yourself too hard again too soon can cause reinjury or chronic problems. We will be more than happy to work with you to determine how to stay active without endangering your recovery.

Surgery is rarely needed, but might be necessary for severe injuries. 

Don’t Wait for Sports Injury Treatment!

The sooner you receive the direct treatment you need for a sports injury, the sooner you can be back to full speed and strength. We treat sports injuries for patients of all ages and activity levels, and we will be more than happy to see your or a loved one as well.

Call either of our two offices to schedule an appointment:

  • Enid: (580) 237-3338
  • Oklahoma City: (405) 947-8041

Or, if you prefer to reach us electronically instead, you can always fill out our online contact form.

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524 North Van Buren Street
Enid, OK 73703

Phone: 580-237-3338
Fax: 580-237-3399

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