Sports Injuries

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

Sports injuries often affect the feet and ankles. In fact, 50% of ankle sprains happen during athletic activity. At Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, with 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina, a skilled team of podiatrists treats all kinds of sports injuries affecting the feet and ankles. Call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

Which sports injuries include the foot and ankle?

Many sports injuries involve foot and ankle damage, but some of the most common are:

Sprained ankle

A sprained ankle happens when a foot or ankle ligament is overstretched or suffers a small tear. It usually happens when you roll, twist, or turn your ankle in the wrong way.

Strained ankle

Strains, like sprains, involve overstretching or tearing, and they can happen in similar ways. But, instead of ligaments, strains affect the tendons or muscles. 

Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is a repetitive motion injury affecting the Achilles tendon that extends down the back of your heel. 

Stress fracture

A stress fracture occurs when you have an incomplete bone break in your foot or ankle. It's often related to high-impact sports, so stress fractures aren't unusual in athletes who jump, run, or otherwise put a lot of stress on their feet and ankles. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when you have serious inflammation in your plantar fascia ligament, which leads to heel pain. This condition can happen with repetitive strain, which is why it may develop in runners and other athletes. 

There are many other foot and ankle injuries, too, and nearly all of them could qualify as sports injuries depending on the situation. But you don’t actually have to be an athlete (or even athletic at all) to develop sports injuries. These kinds of injuries can easily happen when you’re going about your daily routine. 

What causes sports injuries in the ankles and feet?

If you're an athlete or even just an occasional sports participant, many different things can cause sports injuries. Wear and tear caused by repetitive movements like jumping and pivoting can easily injure bones, tendons, and ligaments in your feet and ankles. 

Lack of proper equipment, including appropriate shoes, can also contribute to many foot and ankle sports injuries. Improper movements are another common cause of foot and ankle sports injuries. For instance, sometimes, what seems like a slight ankle roll can lead to a major sports injury.

How are sports injuries treated?

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, uses state-of-the-art imaging like weight-bearing X-rays to diagnose your injury and plan a treatment course. You may need a variety of treatments, such as:

  • Rest
  • Ice and/or heat packs
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Brace or boot
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Oral medication

It can take just 20-45 minutes to diagnose and treat a sports injury like a sprained ankle at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC. 

If you’ve injured your foot or ankle during sports, call Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.