Foot injuries sustained by athletes may happen on a regular basis and are generally treated right away to prevent the significant loss of mobility. However, more people are now active and participating in sports to further their health goals and to expand their active lifestyles. Since these individuals are not likely to seek medical attention for day-to-day minor injuries, they may experience serious complications in the future for not having access to frequent treatment as athletes have historically obtained. It’s important to note that you can learn more about this and many other types of conditions and treatments that can affect your foot and ankle health in the Patient Education Library section of our website.
Sporting injuries that affect the foot and ankle can be modest sprains to severe injuries that may take a very long time to heal and potentially end an athlete’s career. Please contact us as so that we can diagnose your potential sports related injury. Some common injuries that occur to those playing sports are Achilles tendonitis, Turf Toe, heel pain, high ankle sprain, and Metatarsalgia.
- Achilles tendonitis affects the tendon that connects the calf to the heel and is categorized as a repeated stress injury, perhaps from over activity.
- Turf Toe involves the ligaments that stretch from the toe to the whole foot, and occurs when they are overextended, which happens frequently in sports like soccer.
- Heel pain extends from the heel and can severely hinder mobility.
- High ankle sprains disrupt ligaments to the extent where stiffness can prevent an athlete from ever performing in the manner they were previously able to do so.
- Metatarsalgia causes damage to the ball of the foot and emanates from activities causing unequal pressure to the feet.
As you can see, there are many foot and ankle injuries caused by sports activities. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has unique experience treating athletes at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, IL to learn more about sports related foot and ankle injuries.