The benefits of exercise and participating in sporting activities are numerous. An active lifestyle can help you maintain a healthy bodyweight, lower stress, sleep better at night, improve your overall mood, and even enhance cognitive processes. All of that is without even mentioning specific physical benefits like lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
We don’t want to keep you away from all of those important benefits of being active, but it is worth keeping in mind that sports and other physical activities do come with an inherent risk of foot and ankle injury. The good news is that most sports injuries are successfully treated with the use of nonsurgical care.
There are many potential injuries that can happen while staying active, but some tend to be more common than others. The most frequent sports injuries for feet and ankles include:
- Ankle Sprains – This injury is not only highly common for athletes; it is also highly common for all people who use their feet and ankles to walk. It only takes a missed step or dip in the ground for the ankle twist beyond its intended range and stretch or tear the supporting ligaments. The pain will often be felt immediately and the ankle can be a bit loose. It is important to make sure that your sprain heals completely before resuming physical activities (to prevent chronic ankle instability).
- Stress Fractures – Unlike a full break, this type usually develops over time, often in response to overuse. This is particularly common in the lower limbs, on account of the tremendous amounts of force your feet and ankles face while running and jumping (which happen in many sports). The main symptom is pain that worsens over time and is greatest during or immediately following activity.
- Achilles Tendinitis – When individuals only participate in intense activity once a week (or less frequently), they are at risk for developing this form of tendonitis that affects the body’s strongest tendon. When the Achilles tendon faces intense or repetitive strain, it can lead to a painful situation.
These are some of the more common foot and ankle injuries, but Advanced Foot and Ankle is here to help you no matter what is affecting your lower limbs. Schedule an appointment for treatment at either of our offices online, or call our Twin Falls, ID location at (208) 731-6321 or our Burley location at (208) 312-4646.