From golf to football, playing sports can put your feet and ankles at an increased risk of injury. Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, provides professional individualized care for sports injuries of all kinds, including foot fractures and rolled ankles. To explore podiatric treatments for your sports injruy, call Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates or schedule an appointment online today.

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What are sports injuries?

When you play sports, you’re at an increased risk of getting injuries that affect soft tissue like muscles and tendons, hard tissue like bone, or both types. These injuries often happen because of sudden movements, like twisting, or from falls which are common in sports. They can also happen on impact when someone hits you in contact sports.

While there are some preventive measures you can take against sports injuries, like using the proper equipment for your sport and warming up before you play, not every athletic injury is preventable. Some sports injuries happen very suddenly while others develop over time the more you use a specific motion.

Your podiatrist at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates examines you and evaluates the injury with simple movements and tests. They might also use imaging tests like ultrasounds or X-rays to locate your injury and assess the damage.

What are some of the most common podiatric sports injuries?

There are almost countless ways you can injure your foot and ankle playing sports, working out at the gym, or engaging in any physical activity. While fitness is great for your health overall, certain exercises and gameplay can lead to:

  • Foot fractures
  • Ankle fractures
  • Toe fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Foot sprains
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis

After your podiatrist makes a diagnosis, they develop a treatment plan to help your injury heal as swiftly as possible. They can also share tips for home care and future sports injury prevention.

How are sports injuries in podiatry treated?

There are plenty of advanced treatments to help your injury heal entirely so you can restore function and get back to your favorite sport or activity. Some treatments encourage the injury to heal properly while others relieve pain or help rehabilitate the injured body part.

Your care plan for a foot or ankle sports injury at Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC & Associates might include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Physical therapy and exercises
  • Immobilization

You might need to take some time away from your sport or activity of choice as you heal and recover, but by following your care plan, you can increase your chances of making a full recovery so you can participate at your full capacity again.

Explore the treatments you can get for a foot or ankle sports injury today by calling Kenneth Meisler, DPM, PLLC, or scheduling an appointment online.