Staying physically active is important for your health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, participating in sports and working out can subject you to the risk of getting hurt, including sustaining common foot and ankle sports injuries. Now, the benefits you receive from an active lifestyle—strong cardiovascular system, lower bodyweight, better sleep, etc.—are worth any injury risk.
When it comes to your lower limbs, some of the most common sports injuries include:
- Ankle sprains – Given the importance of the ankle joints for movement and mobility, it is likely not surprising to learn that ankle sprains are on this list. This injury happens when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched beyond their intended range. It is essential not to return to intense activity before the ankle has completely healed, to reduce your risk of long-term ankle instability.
- Achilles tendon Injuries – The Achilles tendon functions to move the foot up and down when the calf muscle either contracts or elongates. When this tendon is subjected to overuse or used for sporadic bouts of high-intensity physical activities, injuries happen. In some cases, this means the development of Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis.
- Plantar fasciitis – This is the most common source of heel pain for adults and it develops when the plantar fascia (which links the forefoot to the heel) is strained excessively. When the fascia becomes torn, it leads to sharp pain in the bottom of the heel with the initial steps following extended periods of rest.
- Turf toe – Turf toe happens when the big toe is bent upwards beyond its intended range. This injury often happens when the forefoot is planted in the ground, and forward motion keeps the rest of the foot moving forward.
- Stress fractures – This is a common overuse injury, one that develops when the body doesn’t have enough time to replenish weakened bone tissue. Even though these hairline cracks only develop on the surface of the bone, they can be quite painful.
Whereas these are the most common foot and ankle sports injuries, our Richardson, TX office is equipped to handle a wide range of lower limb problems. For more information on the services we offer, or to learn more about our staff and office here at Richardson Podiatry Associates, either give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or take a moment to contact us online right now.