Sports Foot Injury

xray view of persons foot bones on a treadmill

Fully 25% of all injuries resulting from sports have been revealed to be foot and ankle-related, according to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). Those recreational activities that involve a lot of running and jumping see the highest rate of injury. Dancing, football, running, and soccer are all extremely demanding on the feet, and are a common source of injuries to the ankle and foot. Dr. Steber helps athletes in the Lehighton, PA area recover from their foot and ankle injuries successfully so they can get back to their passion safely and confidently!

Injuries Commonly Related To Sports-Injuries

There is a range of ankle and foot injuries that are common to those participating in athletic activities. Sprains, fractures, and tendinitis are just some of the cases that Dr. Seth Steber sees every year. The most common injuries resulting from an active lifestyle include the following:

  • Achilles Tendinitis – The largest tendon in our body is the Achilles tendon, connecting our calf muscles to the heel bone. Injuries to this tendon from overuse, wear and tear, and degeneration are all common.

  • Plantar Fasciitis – The arch of our foot is supported by this band of tissues. When subjected to excessive stress, these tissues can become compromised, causing a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. This condition affects nearly two million people every year in the United States.

  • Stress Fractures – High-intensity sports such as tennis, running, dance, and gymnastics all put a remarkable amount of pressure on the structures of the feet. Even with proper conditioning, equipment, and technique, there is a risk of a small crack, known as a stress fracture, forming in the bone.

  • Ankle Sprain – Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries experienced by athletes and can be mild or severe enough to make standing or walking difficult. While common, ankle sprains can take weeks or even months to heal with proper care.

  • Heel Spur – This condition is most common in athletes who have flat feet or high arches. Heel spurs are a bony protrusion that grows on the heel bone and can result in extreme pain when walking or standing. Physical therapy and other treatments can prevent surgery from being used as a treatment.

  • Neuroma – Those suffering from a Neuroma will feel numbness, tingling, or strange stabbing pains in their feet. Neuromas are a nerve that has become pinched in the foot and is typically treatable without surgery.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a sports foot injury, or want to learn how you can stay safe while enjoying your favorite activities, call 570-657-6851 to make an appointment with Dr. Steber. Our office helps patients like you enjoy their favorite activities safely, treating what injuries that occur as quickly and effectively as possible. During your appointment, you’ll receive a general assessment of your foot and ankle health, and receive guidance on exercises, practices, and techniques you can use to ensure you enjoy your favorite activities without injury. Don’t let a sports foot injury put a crimp in your active lifestyle, visit our offices at 265 Pine Cove Ct in Lehighton, PA today!

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