Your Podiatrist Can Help with Common Sports Injuries
If you’re an athlete, you know that your most important piece of equipment isn’t your bat or your racquet or your stick; it’s your body. Sports injuries are common. Without proper treatment, they can leave you sidelined for weeks. Fortunately, your board-certified podiatrist is expert in diagnosing and treating all injuries and illnesses of the feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Sports are hard on the lower limbs. In many sports there’s a lot of pounding, and stop-and-start action is common. Over time, wear and tear can lead to chronic discomfort. Sudden accidents are possible, creating trauma to your body and causing extreme pain. Common sports injuries include:
Sprained ankles – The bones of the ankles are supported by ligaments. When one of these ligaments is overstretched or torn, a painful sprain results.
Stress fractures – As opposed to a traumatic fracture resulting from a sudden injury, this is a hairline fracture that is caused by repeated injury to a bone. Shin splints are a common example.
Sesamoiditis – These tendons that facilitate the movement of the big toe glide through two bones in the sole of your foot. When the bones are broken or the tendons become irritated, uncomfortable sesamoiditis results.
Nail injuries including ingrown toenails, turf toe, and nail bed injuries can occur.
Some sports injuries require surgery, but it’s likely that your podiatrist will try less invasive interventions first, such as:
RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Over-the-counter and prescription medication
Immobilization by taping, splinting, casting, or with the help of a boot
If you are an athlete who is dealing with an injury, the first step to take is to make an appointment with your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Schedule a visit in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office today. Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started.