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The very nature of sports makes it obvious that injuries are not uncommon nor are they a surprising turn of events. In fact, some of us engage in sports knowing very clear that we will get serious injuries or we are vulnerable and if we do not get such injuries some luck could have been involved. These injuries could involve the ankle and the foot with lots of them typically treatable. In case of any form of injury, the most important thing is ensuring you have been assessed beforehand by a medical specialist in the area of the foot; the foot has a complex function and structure and ignoring minor issues could lead to very serious complexities and problems. Most of the foot parts injured during sports have their own causes while the treatment may also vary.
This is a foot injury that affects sedentary individuals and athletes in equal fashion in the form of microscopic tearing and inflammation of lots of the plantar fascia or a number of tissues. The plantar fascia tissue starts from the heel bone right with the foot’s ball. You can see it mostly on flat footed people as high arched individuals. Due to flat feet, the fascia is chronically stretched and high arches lead to poor absorption of shock ending up in injury of the fascia. The fascia can also be injured by stepping on blunt hard objects such as wood and rocks or foot over-stretching on the ladder or stair rung as much as they are not very common patterns. If untreated, the condition could remain for years and the result being thickening of the scar tissue chronically. The plantar fascia treatment is not complex and requires reduction of inflammation, stretching, injections of cortisone, medication and ice or dedicated shoe inserts.
These are two main tendons, one long and the other short and are behind the outer part of the leg ankle inserting on the foot’s side and below the arch, correspondingly. They are very important when it comes to the cycle of walking with partial splits of the peroneal tendon common. If disabling of the tendons occurs, it can be very severe and treatments such as bracing, therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and icing should be tried first if healing will take place. Surgical intervention could be required in case there is no healing.
These are two egg-shaped yet small bones below the huge toe joint, right behind the area where the foot meets the toe. High impact jumps or running on hard surfaces could end up bruising and inflaming them, or any of the two. The bruising sometimes develops with time as increasing stress increases damage to the tissue. The result can be stressful bone cracks with immediate injuries also common. Steroid medication injections can be used with full or stress fracture treatable through other ways. The normal anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by your local foot doctor and icing can be the first line of treatment.
Other types of sports injury common today include turf toe and stress fracture among many others.
I’m Geoff Leary, a freelance writer in Upstate New York. I once wanted to build rocket ships, but writing takes me farther. I aim to take action & make inspiration while writing about a range of topics, just to keep things interesting. Find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LearyGeoff
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