Each season brings a whole new set of sports plus the happy kids and teenagers running outside to explore new activities. Sports are a great way to keep your body healthy and your mind calm while developing social-emotional traits. But, seasonal sports can also be risky. Read on for what to look out for during practice this spring.
Most Common Spring Sports Injuries of the Foot & Ankle
Sprains are one of the most common injuries for the foot or ankle. Sprains are common for lacrosse, racquetball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and track athletes. A sprain takes place when the ankle ligaments that keep bones in place overstretch or tear. After the moment when the injury took place, athletes might not be able to put weight on that foot. Sprains and broken bones have overlapping symptoms including bruising, swelling, pain, or tenderness. A medical professional will be able to tell the difference between the two - often using diagnostic imaging like an X-ray. Then they will be able to prescribe the correct treatment based on their findings.
When athletes go from little to no activity to long, tough workouts, they put their body at risk. Running on hard surfaces like concrete every day while overworking the body often leads to small cracks in the bones called stress fractures. The bones where athletes typically get stress fractures are in the calcaneus, fibula, metatarsal, or tibia bones. Do you feel pain or notice throbbing during a run and swelling afterward? You may have a stress fracture. Runners get stress fractures more often than any other athlete.
Achilles Tendon Ruptures
The mythical Achilles was could only be harmed in the back of his heel. In reality, the Achilles tendon is a pretty delicate area that athletes need to protect. The Achilles tendon joins the heel bone to the calf muscle. This area gets a bunch of us while you jump, run, or walk. A problem in the Achilles tendon happens when you quickly change direction or movement or when you land forcefully. If you hear a pop or feel shooting pain at the base of your ankle, you should get your ankle checked out. Runners and tennis players stress their Achilles’ tendon than any other sport.
With spring sports in full effect, make sure to play safe and play smart to keep your feet and ankles happy and healthy. If you do get hurt, contact Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers in any of our three locations in Macomb County: St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb. Call 586-779-6140 and make an appointment with Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM or Adam Thompson, DPM.