Sports Injuries FAQs
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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Why do I keep getting leg cramps?
Leg cramps can happen for several different reasons. Legs that cramp during exercise may be a sign that the muscles are receiving inadequate blood flow, often because of a narrowing of the blood vessels. This type of cramping will often go away once you stop exerting yourself, but may gradually grow worse over time as the blood vessels continue to narrow. Other potential causes of cramps include a compressed nerve, side effects of certain medications, dehydration, and a mineral deficiency.
If your legs are cramping regularly, that often means there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Don’t hold out and wait, hoping they someday disappear on their own. Get help by calling the experts at Richardson Podiatry Associates. We can discover the causes of your leg cramps and help you make adjustments to keep them at bay. Call our office at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to reach us.
What type of ankle injuries require surgery?
While conservative treatment can help most foot and ankle conditions, there are a couple types of ankle injuries that might need surgery for optimal healing. A main one is arthritis, with osteoarthritis being a primary concern. This condition may need to be addressed with ankle fusion or replacement procedures, depending on the nature and severity of a patient’s specific case.
Ankle fractures that are severe or unstable can require surgery. This definitely applies to open fractures (where bone has broken through the skin). A broken ankle that is stable will likely only need nonsurgical treatment.
Achilles tendon disorders are also injuries that may need surgical procedures when conservative care does not provide ample relief, but these surgeries are rarely required.
At Richardson Podiatry Associates, we typically explore conservative treatment options before recommending surgical procedures, but you can take comfort in the fact that we are quite experienced at performing effective ankle surgeries. If you are experiencing an ankle issue, come to our Richardson, TX office and we will diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan that works for you. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or request an appointment online today.
How do I get rid of shin splints?
One of the more common issues experienced by runners of all experience levels is shin splints. This condition develops when the bone tissue, muscles, and tendons along the tibia (shin bone) are overworked from physical activity. This causes pain and tenderness, so many individuals wonder how they can get rid of shin splints.
Shin splint treatment can often be handled with at-home care, especially using conservative treatment options such as rest, ice, and pain relievers. Rest doesn’t have to be “complete inactivity” and can mean swapping out running for low-impact activities. Icing the affected area four to eight times a day for 15 to 20 minutes per session will help relieve pain and swelling. Be sure to contact our office for recommendations when it comes to over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you find that at-home tactics aren’t producing the results you hope to see, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. Remember, we provide treatment for a wide range of lower limb issues, so give us a call at (972) 690-5374 to find out what we can do for you. If you’d prefer, simply schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office online today.
What are the Most Common Running Injuries?
The most common running injuries are stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, runner’s knee, ankle sprains, Achilles tendinitis, pulled muscles, hamstring problems, and iliotibial band syndrome.
If you have mild symptoms, you can still run with some of these injuries if you couple that with conservative treatments like stretching, icing, and rest. We specialize in sports injuries and can help tape the problem area, recommend stretching techniques, and also make custom orthotics to correct your problem and ease your pain.
You may want to cut back on the amount of miles you run or how hard you push yourself, all the while remaining cautious and paying attention to any symptoms as you continue your program. Stop running immediately if you have any sharp, severe, or persistent pain, tenderness, and swelling.
If you need any help at all from a running injury, make an appointment at Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or scheduling one on our website.
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