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Athletic injuries

The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. Unusual stress or movement can cause injury. Here are some common ones:

A sprain of the foot or ankle is a soft tissue injury that occurs when a ligament – which connects one bone to another bone – is pulled, stretched or torn. A fracture is a break in a bone.

Many sprains and fractures occur during athletic activities. Symptoms of both include pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty walking on the affected foot or ankle.

If you've injured your foot or ankle, the acronym RICE can help remind you what to do:

  • Rest: Rest the affected area. Stay off of the injured part until it can be properly evaluated. Walking, running or playing sports on an injured foot or ankle may make the injury worse.
  • Ice: Apply ice to the affected area as soon as possible, and re-apply it for 10-15 minutes every 3-4 hours for the first 48 hours after the injury. Ice will decrease inflammation.
  • Compression: Wrap an elastic bandage (such as an ACEr wrap) around the affected foot or ankle. The wrap should be snug, but not so tight as to be painful or cut off the circulation.
  • Elevation: Elevate the affected extremity. Ideally, your foot or ankle should be higher that your heart. Keeping your foot and ankle elevated will decrease swelling.

Tips to avoid athletic injuries

You can take measures to avoid or minimize your risk of athletic injuries:

  • Wear shoes that fit properly - front, back and sides - and have shock absorbent soles.
  • Wear the proper shoes for each activity.
  • Do not wear shoes that show excessive wear on the heels or soles.
  • Prepare properly before exercising. Warm up and do stretching exercises before and after athletic activities.
  • Pace yourself when participating in athletic activities.
  • Don't underestimate your body's need for good nutrition and rest.

Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of the lower extremities. If you've injured your foot or ankle, see your podiatrist. We can determine the extent of the injury and develop a plan of care to get you back in the game - or back to everyday life - as soon as possible.

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