5 Most Common Foot & Ankle Injuries in Athletes
If you’re experiencing any ongoing foot or ankle pain that doesn’t respond to RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), don’t hesitate to visit the podiatrists at Lakes Foot & Ankle Associates! Call (248) 453-2288 to set up your appointment!
Ankle sprains are the most common sports injuries below the knee, accounting for over 60% of foot and ankle injuries in one study of college athletes.
In your ankles, you have several ligaments that hold the joint in place, preventing it from moving side to side. When these ligaments stretch too far or tear, we call it an ankle sprain. Sports that demand quick changes in direction or running over uneven surfaces are most likely to cause ankle sprains: think basketball, dance, martial arts, volleyball, and more.
How do I know if I’ve sprained my ankle?
The most common side effects of an injured ankle are:
- Pain and swelling, especially when bearing weight
- Tenderness to the touch
- Hearing or feeling a popping sensation
- Instability, weakness, or limited range of motion
Some ankle sprains respond well to 1-2 days of rest, coupled with elastic bandages to compress the ankle and ice packs and elevation to reduce swelling. If your symptoms don’t improve, contact our office right away. Left untreated, ankle sprains can weaken your ankle, leaving you vulnerable to future injuries.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, connecting the muscles in your calf to the bone of your heel. And because it is so large, it is especially prone to overuse. Tendonitis means inflammation of the tendon, and when it afflicts the Achilles, it can cause a host of uncomfortable, game-changing symptoms.
The pain is typically most acute in the back of the heel. You’re likely to feel it most first thing in the morning, after activities like walking or running, or the day after an intense workout.
Over time, Achilles tendonitis could lead to a rupture or tear. If you hear or sense a pop during any activity, call our office as soon as possible.