Common Sports Injuries and When to Seek Help
February 19, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Injuries   Sports  

As your local foot doctors, Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Konieczy both strive to help athletes attain an astonishing performance. They do so by adjusting the alignment of the feet, legs, and spine with orthotics, physical therapy, or other remedial methods. Here at the Naperville, IL, office of Fox Valley Foot Specialists, LTD, our podiatrists also treat sports injuries when they arise. If you live near our visit us to increase your mobility, strength, and endurance, in addition to learning more about prevention.

Common Sports Injuries

Depending on the type of recreation you participate in, different symptoms and complications can arise from sports injuries. The most common of these issues injuries include:

  • Sprains - Overstretching or tearing of the ligaments
  • Strains - Overextension of the muscles and tendons
  • Fractures - A crack or complete split that occurs in the bone
  • ACL - This thin, powerful tendon can break or rupture from an injury

When to Seek Help

Receiving medical treatment after acquiring a sports injury can prevent an acute problem from becoming chronic. You should immediately visit our Naperville office if you experience:

  • Limited joint mobility
  • Severe pain and swelling
  • Joint dislocation and muscle strain
  • Weakness or tenderness in the legs, ankles, feet

Treatment for Sports Injuries

The best type of treatment for a sports injury is prevention. Of course, accidents do happen, and when one does, foot doctors will recommend the best treatment method depending on the area that acquires damage. For best results, Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Konieczy encourage patients to follow the RICE method—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—within the first 24-36 hours following trauma. They may also suggest over-the-counter medication to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you injure yourself while playing a sport, don't wait for the injury to heal on its own. Consult with our foot doctors for a proper diagnosis and customized care plan, so you can make a quick and efficient recovery. For more information about sports injuries, conditions we treat, and services provided at Fox Valley Foot Specialists, LTD., visit our website. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Brendon J. McCarthy D.P.M. or Dr. Mark Konieczy D.P.M. in our Naperville, IL, office, please call (630) 548-3900.