Sport Injuries in Ennis TX
5-Star-Rated Treatment Helps Athletes Get Back to Their Game
Foot and ankle problems can occur at any age in sports. Amateurs and professional players both experience them. As good as being active is for you, feet take a pounding when you play sports. That means sports injuries are common and there are many ways to develop a sports injury.
The force applied to your feet during sports causes a lot of wear and tear that can lead to damage. Also, painful injuries can occur during both games and practices.
Our award-winning podiatrists help athletes get back in the game with expert treatment of sports injuries in Ennis, TX.
Common Sports Injuries
- Turf toe/Soccer toe: Sprain of the big toe joint from excessive upward bending at the joint
- Calcaneal apophysitis: Pediatric condition where there is painful inflammation of the heel’s growth plate, typically between age of 8-14
- Plantar Fasciitis: An inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes
- Achilles Tendonitis: An inflammation of the Achilles tendon caused by activities involving repetitive/ overuse of the tendon as well as trauma to the tendon
- Shin Splints: Lower leg pain at the “shin bone” caused by excessive amounts of force on the tissues and muscles attaching to the shin bone
- Ankle or Foot Fractures: A partial or complete break in a lower extremity bone that can range from minor to severe
- Ankle or Foot Sprains: An injury to one or more ligaments, that usually provide stability to the foot and ankle
- Stress fractures: A thin crack in the bone from repetitive force, normally by overuse
- Pain in ball of foot: Condition called “Metatarsalgia”, which is inflammation in the area between the arches and toes on the bottom of the foot
- Callus and blister formation: Thickening of the skin in areas of repeated pressure and friction
- Ingrown toenails: Curved toenail that grows into the skin, usually at the nail borders (the sides of the nail). This “digging in” of the nail irritates the skin, often creating pain, redness, swelling, and warmth in the toe
How To Prevent Sports Injuries
We take care of sport injuries from patients of all ages and levels. Tips to help prevent these injuries include:
- Warm up, stretch, and cool down appropriately to reduce risk of injury
- Equip the appropriate shoe gear relative to the sports such as cleats for field sports
- Gradually increase the activities when starting a new sport
- When patients do suffer from these injuries it is best to use PRICE:
- Protection: Knee and/or ankle brace, which it is important to protect the area from more injury
- Rest: After a sports injury, its essential that you take time off from the injured foot/ankle your body to heal. Returning to play too early could make the injury worse
- Ice: Ice is our natural anti-inflammatory that helps control pain and swelling. Whether it’s an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a cloth, you should ice on the injured area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 15 minutes at a time. Avoid applying ice directly on the skin
- Compression: This helps decrease the amount of swelling of the injured area. Beware to not wrap the area too tight so the blood supply is not cut off
- Elevation: Raise the lower extremity at or above heart level with pillow to promote the excess fluid back to the heart
Diagnosing Your Injury
Our Ennis foot specialists will start by collecting a thorough history of your condition followed by a complete foot and ankle examination. Based on our exam and clinical findings, advanced imaging such as on-site digital x-rays and MRI, may be indicated to further evaluate/diagnose your sports injury. Finally, we will create a unique treatment plan for you that will benefit your lifestyle and promote fast healing to get back to activities!
Experience Our Award-Winning Care for Sports Injuries in Ennis, TX, Today!
Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 972-875-3668 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!
The foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle Centers in Ennis, TX treat all foot and ankle problems. Our Podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Petty, Dr. Fernando Cruz, and Dr. Silpa Joy provide 5-star podiatry care to Ellis county and surrounding areas including Corsicana, Waxahachie, Lancaster, and Palmer, TX. The Podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers are improving lives one foot at a time. Return to a pain-free life and get back to the things you love!