Advanced Sports Injury Treatment in Corsicana TX
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Are you a little slower on the basketball or tennis courts lately? Or, perhaps you’re icing your feet after each training session, but you’re still plagued by unexplained swelling? If you suspect a foot or ankle injury is hampering your athletic prowess, our award-winning podiatrists help athletes get back in the game with the expert treatment of sports injuries in Corsicana, TX.
From simple to complicated sports injuries, we treat athletes of all ages and levels, helping them recover from foot and ankle issues that include:
What Are The Most Common Sports Injuries?
Ankle sprains are the most common sports injury treated at Family Foot & Ankle Centers. This occurs when your ankle is twisted and the ligaments that support your ankle are stretched. When these ligaments are stretched too far, they may tear. In a very short time, you may notice pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising.
Treatment depends on the severity of the ankle sprain. Most mild sprains heal within a month or so if you follow the R.I.C.E treatment below:
- Rest. Decrease your activity level and limit walking and exercise.
- Ice. This especially important the first 3 days after a sprain. Apply ice 20 minutes every three hours to reduce pain and swelling.
- Compression. Wrap your ankle in an elastic bandage to support the ligaments and tendons. This also helps to keep the ankle more stable.
- Elevation. Keep your leg elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling.
Turf toe is a sprain of the joint and ligament on the bottom of the big toe where it meets the foot. Pain from this sprain can range from mild to severe, depending on how badly the joint and ligament or sprained.
This condition occurs when the big toe is bent upward too far. This causes the joint and ligament on the bottom to become stretched and possibly partially torn. This can lead to pain when the toe bends upward and can affect walking, running and playing sports.
Symptoms include pain when bending the toe, swelling and occasionally bruising. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain with activity. Limiting the motion at the big toe joint is needed. This can be accomplished with a fracture boot, taping the toe to limit motion, or a stiff soled shoe. In rare instances, a cast and crutches may be needed if your turf toe is not improving.
Stress fractures in the feet are very common and occur when a crack develops in one or more of the bones. You may notice some swelling in one of you feet and a deep aching sensation when walking. This condition is almost always associated with increased activity without adequate rest. Our foot doctors see an increase in stress fractures each new year as people start exercising for their New Years resolution.
Treatment of stress fractures involves rest for 4-6 weeks to allow the cracked bone to heal. Once the pain and swelling has decreased, begin exercising with low impact exercises that exert minimal pressure on the feet. Each week increase activity level.
To prevent stress fractures, don’t exercise to the point of overtraining. It is important to wear good supportive shoes and gradually increase exercise activity. Give yourself adequate time between activities to rest and allow the bones to recover.
Achilles Tendon Injures
The Achilles tendon is by far the strongest tendon in the body. This tendon runs from the calf muscle to back of the heel. The attachment into the back of the heel is the weak point of the tendon and this is the area that is commonly strained or ruptured.
The most common symptom of a strained achilles tendon is stiffness in the morning in the back of the heel with pain. There may also be pain when the shoe rubs this area or when you push on this area.
Treatment includes resting and decreasing activity level. Immobilization for severe cases in a walking boot or cast may be necessary. Stretching this tendon after the pain and inflammation has decreased is a must.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Your Specific Needs
Our Corsicana foot specialists can diagnose your sports injury using a comprehensive physical exam, patient history, list of symptoms, and medical imaging tests such as x-rays and MRIs. Working together, we will come up with a treatment plan unique to your specific needs. When at all possible, we postpone surgery in favor of non-surgical treatments that range from rest to orthotic inserts to physical therapy.
Are Your Shoes the Culprit?
Believe it or not, your shoes might play a role in your performance as an athlete. The right shoes could make all the difference, so even though they may not be the first thing that comes to your mind, it could have a huge impact on your ultimate skill level.
You may find yourself wondering about some of the terminology used in athletic shoes as you consider what type of shoes you want to use. Even your socks can have an impact, but how?
No matter what your questions are, we can help you determine the best choices for you and the type of activity you enjoy. At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, we know how to help you make your feet work smarter, not harder!
Experience Our Award-Winning Care for Sports Injuries in Corsicana, TX, Today!
Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 903-872-9910 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We also offer some same-day appointments and have bilingual Spanish-speaking professionals on staff. During your appointment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – we can’t wait to help you live your life pain-free!
As one of the premier podiatry centers in Corsicana, TX, our doctors and team at Family Foot & Ankle Centers also provide 5-star podiatry care to patients from Waxahachie, Ennis & Mexia, TX, and surrounding areas.