Foot sports injuries are common since many people participate in a variety of high intensity activities at all ages. However, proper treatment is required when injuries occur. Our team at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Texas, can provide you with target therapy to treat your sports related injury and help your feet at one of our following locations: Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849.
Sports Injuries that occur to the feet generally happen out of nowhere. They can also happen from chronic conditions after repeated stresses are placed on the foot from sports activities. The type of foot pain that can result from these types of injuries include heel pain, pain to the middle of the foot (caused by sprained ankles or joint sprains), pain at the front of the foot (caused by stress fractures, bunions or neuromas) and pain at the ball of the foot. Skin conditions occurring on the foot as a result of sports related activities are common and include athletes foot, sores, corns or calluses.
Treatment includes the use of rest, ice packs, compression and elevation, all of which reduce pain and inflammation. Protective gear can also be of significant of use as it prevents injured muscles from further harm and speeds up healing time. Ice packs in particular lower bleeding by constricting blood vessels and prolong the life of cells by decreasing metabolic functions. Compression, if used effectively, can reduce swelling after a sports injury, but must be utilized within 72 hours after trauma occurs. Bandaging is also highly effective as it wraps around the injured foot while applying pressure in the most needed areas. Elevation actually uses gravity to allow built up fluid around the injured area to move in a different direction, thereby reducing swelling and pain.
Since quick treatment is most effective with sports injuries to feet, please contact us today to for a detailed diagnosis and precise treatment plan to get your feet in the right starting position!