Sports Injuries

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Playing sports is an excellent way to get some exercise, improve your strength, boost your confidence, and make meaningful connections with other athletes. The benefits of playing sports abound, but the more you practice and compete, the higher your risk of sustaining an injury. Should you or your child get hurt on a court or field, in a rink or backyard, or in any other location where sports are played, it’s crucial to receive prompt and proper care from a team of doctors you trust.

The Importance of Proper Care

Physical exercise and exertion can result in sprains, strains, breaks, and/or tears. Though the bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles, and joints that make up your musculoskeletal system are impressively strong and resilient, they can only withstand certain amounts of external trauma and repetitive stress.

Here at The Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central PA, our podiatrists specialize in injuries relating to the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Signs of an injury in these locations include pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and/or bruising. These and other signs can appear suddenly or over a period of time. If you suspect you have sustained a sports-related injury, we invite you to make an appointment at our office so you can receive a thorough evaluation.

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to seek treatment for your injury as soon as you can; a timely diagnosis not only ensures that you receive proper treatment but also helps to expedite your recovery.

When to See a Podiatrist

If your sports-related injury is located in or near your foot, ankle, or lower leg, a podiatrist can accurately diagnose and properly treat it. Podiatrists can administer a variety of treatments, including applying a cast or splint; setting a fracture; referring you to a physical therapy program; and/or ordering x-rays and other tests. Podiatrists want to alleviate your symptoms, heal what hurts, and get you back in the game sooner rather than later.

Common Types of Sports-Related Injuries

Common types of sports-related injuries include ankle sprains, stress fractures, and broken bones. Achilles tendon-related injuries are also common.

The longest—and strongest—tendon in the human body, the Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. When you flex this tendon during physical activity, you pull on your heel. This allows you to walk, run, and perform other movements. For as strong as this tendon is, its blood supply is limited and the tendon weakens over time.

Common injuries associated with the Achilles tendon include tears, ruptures, and Achilles tendinitis. All of these are treatable by our friendly and knowledgeable podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central PA.

 Our Preventive Care Recommendations

Making an effort to prevent sports-related injuries is worthwhile. Two excellent preventative care methods involve stretching and strengthening. Stretching can loosen the tendons and muscles in your body while strengthening exercises can improve the strength of those aforementioned tissues. Establishing a strengthening and stretching routine can lower your risk of injury. If you need more preventative care suggestions, talk to your podiatrist, who will be happy to provide additional preventative care advice

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Your Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of your sports-related injury, your treatment options will vary. A mild injury, for example, will likely require you to use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation). A severe injury might involve surgery and/or physical therapy. Your podiatrist will create a customized treatment plan specific to your individual needs. This plan will help you recover so you can return to the sport(s) you enjoy and the active lifestyle you live.

A Final Note

For more information about The Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central PA, contact us online or call 717-620-8225. If you’re interested in booking an appointment or scheduling a free consultation, we’d be delighted to meet you and attend to your podiatry needs, whatever they may be.

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Laurie M.

The office is really beautiful and clean. Very caring staff and Dr. Clarke took time to explain things to me. The doctor and staff really tried to get to the cause of my feet and ankle pain. They found the problem and the solution. He kept me relaxed even though I was going to get injections for pain and inflammation.

I highly recommend this office. FANTASTIC!!

Rita M.

“Prompt, attentive, and knowledgeable are the three best adjectives to describe my visit. I can’t wait to start running again, and I know that will be possible from the care I’m receiving from Dr. Leonard.”

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