Spring Sports Injuries
Spring sports are here! Do you have a favorite sport that you like to watch? If you’re not on the viewing side, are you on the field, court, or track? Spring is an exciting time of year with beautiful weather. Unfortunately, some of our favorite sports put us at risk of injury. Here are three common injuries to watch for this season.
The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group are here to help you prevent an unscheduled visit to your neighborhood podiatrist. More playing time and less recovery time, right? Follow along for ways to get the most out of your sport.
Ankle sprains are common with sports like tennis or even track. Ankle sprains occur when you twist, turn, or unnaturally roll your ankle. The result can be torn ligaments, which hold your ankle bones together. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and instability. The best response for an ankle sprain is R.I.C.E. Rest your ankle, apply ice and compression, and elevate your ankle to at least your heart level.
What is a fracture? It’s a broken bone. That sounds pretty scary, right? With fractures, come a variety of options. From hairline fractures to compound fractures, each one is different. A fracture also requires an expert diagnosis. If you think you have broken a bone, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. An undiagnosed fracture can lead to lingering pain. Get the proper diagnosis the first time. You could have little to no recovery time or need a more detailed treatment plan.
Repetition is good, but not when it comes to your Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis is common in sports that require lots of running and jumping. Tennis is an example of a spring sport that requires lots of pivoting and running. The Achilles tendon is important. It connects the calf muscles at the back of your lower leg to your heel bone. When it’s not working properly, you can’t point your toes, for example. Contact a medical professional as soon as possible to begin recovery.
We’re always here to help regardless of the season. Keep an eye out for these injuries but enjoy your spring sports season!
At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.