Sports Injuries Specialist

Best Foot Forward -  - Podiatrist

Best Foot Forward

Podiatrists located in Festus, MO & St. Louis, MO

Sports and physical activity are good for your health, but sometimes sports activities lead to accidents and injuries. Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, of Best Foot Forward in Festus and St. Louis, Missouri, can help you with sports injuries to your foot. For nonemergency sports injury diagnosis and treatment, call Best Foot Forward today or schedule an appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q&A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries are any injuries that happen during sports or athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect any part of the body, but the most common sports injuries are:

  • Knee injuries
  • Dislocated bones
  • Strains and sprains
  • Broken bones
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Shin pain
  • Pulled or swollen muscles

Using improper or broken sports gear, having an accident, or not knowing how to safely participate in the sport can lead to sports injuries. You’re at higher risk of injury if you start a sports activity after being inactive for a long while.

If you’re in pain, stop the sports activity immediately. Remaining active after being injured can cause more severe injuries.

What sports injuries affect the feet and ankles?

The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint in the body. A strain involves tearing muscles and tendons, while a sprain affects the ligaments. You can treat mild strains and sprains at home with rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE) therapy. But severe sprains and strains require a visit to Best Foot Forward for diagnosis and treatment.

Stress fractures are common sports injuries suffered by people who participate in football, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, and any physical activity involving repetitive movements. Repetitive movements overwork the muscles, which lose their ability to absorb shock, which sends the energy from the movement to the bones.

Over time, the repetitive movements cause tiny cracks in the bones called stress fractures. Strains, sprains, and stress fractures often require immobilization for up to six weeks to heal. Some severe sports injuries can require surgery.

How can I avoid sports injuries?

The best way to prevent sports injuries is to begin every physical activity with gentle exercises to warm and stretch your muscles. Always wear appropriate shoes for the sport you’re playing. And make sure your sports equipment is in good, safe condition.

Learning the correct way to participate in your sport and using all equipment related to your sport prevents many injuries.

Call Best Foot Forward today or schedule an appointment online for non-life-threatening, nonemergency sports injuries involving the feet or ankles. The providers assess the injury, offer pain relief, and determine the best treatment to get you safely back to your sport as soon as possible.