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Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries of the foot and ankle can occur vary upon the activity and movement being performed.  While ankle sprains are prevalent in basketball and tennis, turf toe injuries may be found in athletes such as football and soccer players as well as ballet dancers. Fifth metatarsal fractures are also prevalent in dancers and other high impact athletes.  Factors such as terrain, impact, and mechanism of action may determine the type or severity of injury.

What causes sports injuries?

  • Many times a misstep or a collision with a team member leads to injury and cannot be avoided. 

  • Certain foot types lead to ankle sprains and even certain types of fractures due to the way the foot and ankle impact the ground.

What are the different types of sports injuries?

  • Ankle sprains/ ligament tears

  • Metatarsal fractures

  • Tarsal  fractures, Talus fractures, and Calcaneus fractures (Heel bone)

  • Ankle fractures

  • Achilles Tendon ruptures

  • Stress Fractures

​What can I do at home?

  • Wear supportive shoes/sneakers.  You should avoid walking barefoot or wearing any shoe or slipper that is flat and unsupportive.

  • “RICE” Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

When to make an appointment at Fulshear Foot and Ankle?

  • Pain or tenderness that does not subside with rest, ice, compression or elevation

  • Inability to put weight on foot/ankle

  • Audible “pop” followed by pain on foot or ankle joint

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

  • Dr. Amin and Dr. Hurwitz always start by listening to your concerns and performing a thorough physical examination 

  • X-rays and ultrasound are often utilized to evaluate for fractures or ligament tears

  • -MRI is occasionally needed

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment will vary based on the type of injury and the severity of your condition.  Treatment options may include:

  • Rest, Ice, Compression and elevation

  • Prescription anti inflammatory medications or steroid injections into the joint

  • Physical Therapy

  • Walking Boot

  • Padding and strapping

  • Custom orthotics

  • If conservative therapy fails to allow you to walk without pain, surgical intervention may be an option.