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Foot and Ankle Injuries in Young People Who Play Sports

Foot and ankle injuries are common among kids and adolescents who play sports, ranging from congenital variants to acute and chronic injuries. Congenital variants can include structural abnormalities present at birth. Osteochondroses, a group of disorders affecting the growth of bones in children and adolescents, can cause pain and swelling. Acute injuries, such as fractures and sprains, and chronic injuries, like stress fractures and tendonitis, are prevalent due to the repetitive stress of sports activities. Soft tissue injuries, including strains and ligament tears, are also frequent. Additionally, infections can complicate injuries if not properly treated. Podiatrists must consider systemic diseases such as inflammatory arthritis when a pediatric athlete presents with unexplained pain and swelling in one or more joints. Adolescents tend to sustain more injuries than younger children due to their increased participation in high-intensity sports and the physical changes during growth spurts. If your child has sustained a foot or ankle injury from playing sports or complains of associated pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Ronald Sheppard of Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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