Sports Injuries

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

Sports injuries affecting your foot or ankle can quickly take you out of the game. As much as you want to play your sport, it’s essential to limit or change your activities so your foot has time to heal. The board-certified podiatrists at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists offer comprehensive care for sports injuries. You get immediate care to reduce swelling and pain, treatments that promote healing, and a recovery plan that restores strength and function. If you need treatment for a sports injury, call the office in Glendale or Palmdale, California, or request an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What sports injuries commonly affect the foot and ankle?

People who participate in high-impact activities have the highest risk of a sports injury. But sports injuries aren’t limited to organized or professional sports. Anyone can tear a tendon or twist their ankle while taking a walk or during everyday activities.

The most common sports injuries affecting your feet and ankles include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Turf toe (big toe sprain)
  • Traumatic fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Midfoot injuries (Lisfranc injuries)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Sesamoiditis or sesamoid fracture

Sports injuries are often caused by a direct hit, crush injury, sudden movements (stopping or turning while running), repetitive use, and accidents such as twisting your ankle while walking. You may also sustain a sports injury if you don’t get enough training or fail to warm up before the game.

What symptoms occur due to a sports injury?

Sports injuries cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Blistering
  • Tenderness
  • Joint stiffness
  • Difficulty bending toes
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to bear weight

Immediate pain, often accompanied by bruising and swelling, are the hallmark symptoms of fractures and sprains. In other injuries, your pain may get progressively worse over time.

How are sports injuries treated?

Before determining the best treatment, your provider at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists reviews your medical history and symptoms and learns how the injury happened. Then they examine your foot, ankle, and lower leg and get diagnostic imaging to be sure they accurately diagnose the problem.

Your treatment is based on the underlying problem and the severity of your symptoms. However, treatments typically begin with rest, immobilizing your foot and ankle, applying ice and heat, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

Other treatments may include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Taping, padding, or splinting
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Supportive footwear
  • Walking cast
  • Custom orthotics

If you suffer a severe fracture or ruptured ligament, you may need immediate reconstructive surgery to properly align the bones and repair the tissue damage. Other types of sports injuries could need surgery if they don’t respond well to conservative treatment.

The team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists can also recommend sport-specific rehabilitation, creating a progressive recovery plan that restores strength, mobility, and function and gets you ready to return to the game.

When you need expert care for a sports injury, call MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, or schedule an appointment online today.