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Sports Injuries

What are the most common sports injuries?

Sports injuries generally fall into one of two categories: acute injuries or chronic conditions. In either case, you may feel pain and discomfort that can keep you on the sidelines, especially if you don’t get started on treatment. Some of the most common foot and ankle sports injuries that athletes, as well as anyone who exercises regularly, can suffer from include:

  • Shin splints
  • Bone breaks
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis

Many of these sports injuries stem from overuse, poor training, or inadequate warm-ups during training. But you can certainly suffer from a sports injury by landing incorrectly, or when someone steps on your foot before you step or twist away.

When do I need to see a podiatrist for sports injuries?

Trying to treat a sports injury on your own or avoiding medical treatment altogether can lead to improper healing. Over time, this can cause ongoing pain and even a future risk of re-injury.

You should have an evaluation with Dr. Shepherd at Elite FootCare of Texas as soon as you experience any level of pain or discomfort. It’s also important to have a sports injury evaluation if you have:

  • Inflammation, swelling, or tenderness
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the foot
  • Limited range-of-motion
  • Bruising or redness

Dr. Shepherd can perform any essential X-ray or ultrasound imaging right in the office, so she can diagnose you and treat you rather quickly.

How are sports injuries treated?

Your sports injury treatment plan at Elite FootCare of Texas is entirely tailored to your injury, your health history, and the activities you perform for your specific sport. Depending on your needs, your sports injury treatment can include:

  • Extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT) treatments
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Casting, splinting, or bracing
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Compression wrapping
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics

If you have a complex sports injury, such as a complete bone break, Dr. Shepherd may recommend surgery. He can perform most sports injury surgeries using minimally invasive measures, so you have fewer incision sites and a shorter recovery.

Schedule your evaluation at Elite FootCare of Texas today. Book an appointment online or call the office directly.


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Missouri City, Texas 77459

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