Any activity that gets you up on your feet and moving around is a good thing, but it can also lead to injury. At Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center, the team of podiatrists applauds your sports participation and, if you’re injured, they will do everything in their power to get you back into the game as quickly as possible! For expert sports injury care in the Phoenix or Maricopa, Arizona, areas, call or use the online booking tool.
There are between 8 and 9 million sports-related injuries each year in the United States, 3.5 million of which occur among the younger population (under the age of 18). Of these injuries, 42 out of each 1,000 occur in the lower extremities, which should come as no surprise given that most every sport requires the full participation of your feet and ankles. In fact, a sprained ankle typically ranks at, or near the top, of the annual sports injuries lists.
Aside from sprained ankles, other foot and ankle sports injuries include:
Sports-related injuries in your feet and ankles can be caused by acute trauma or develop over time.
The most common culprits behind sports injuries include, but are not limited to:
Even trampolines can do their fair share of damage when it comes to sports-related injuries.
If you sustain an acute injury while playing sports, your first steps are critical and should include the RICE method:
If you apply this formula to your injured foot or ankle for 24 hours and you see no improvement or the pain and inflammation get worse, it’s time to see one of the podiatrists at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center.
If your injury develops over time, becoming more painful or inflamed with use, it’s important that you see the doctor at the earliest signs of a problem so they can take prompt action before you do any more damage.
Please note that If your injury is severe and you’re in pain or bleeding, please seek immediate medical attention. The doctors at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center are available 24/7 for sports injuries so avoid the long wait at the emergency room and give us a call.
The team at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center is equipped with the latest imaging technology to quickly and accurately diagnose your sports injury. These imaging tools include:
Once your doctor diagnoses your injury, they take the necessary steps to relieve your pain and help your injury heal. Typical treatments include:
Your treatment plan depends upon your injury, but, rest assured, the doctors at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center handle all foot and ankle sports injuries in patients of all ages, from young sports enthusiasts to professional athletes. Simply call or use the online scheduling tool to get started.