Foot Injuries: An Athlete’s Most Common Downfall

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What part of the body do athletes injure the most and what kind of doctor do they see for those injuries? We’ll give you a hint: it has 26 bones.

foot injuriesFoot health is important for all of us, but especially important for those of us whose jobs or hobbies require certain repetitive movements or weight bearing. No matter how careful you are though, with 26 bones, 33 joints, and 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments there is always the possibility for foot injuries to occur.

From football players and runners, to gymnasts and dancers, the most common foot injuries are the strain, sprain, and fracture. Running on uneven ground or falling tend to be the catalyst for these foot injuries.

Foot Injuries 101

Besides the obvious symptom of pain in the foot or ankle, these are the symptoms to look for if you’ve had an accident and sustained an injury:

  • Difficulty with weight bearing and walking
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Changes in how your foot feels, ie: feeling “pins and needles” or numbness
  • If you cannot return to your daily activities after 72 hours

Taking Care Of Foot Injuries

If you’ve experienced any type of injury you know that it’s not always possible to see a physician immediately. While you’re waiting for your appointment, here are some things you can do to reduce pain and subsequent swelling. There’s even a handy acronym to remind you what you should do:

RICE

  • Rest – Make sure you rest the injured foot/ankle/leg. Keep as much weight off of it as you can.
  • Ice – Gently place an ice pack, or bag of ice on the injured area to help reduce swelling.
  • Compression – Use an Ace bandage to apply a comfortable amount of supportive pressure to help keep the injured area in place.
  • Elevation – Keep the injured area lifted with pillows or other soft objects to reduce swelling.

Where To Go For Treatment Of Foot Injuries

As an athlete, it is probably important to you that if you do experience a foot injury, you have a reputable physician available to treat it. Whether it be foot arch injuries, foot injuries from running, or any other type of foot injury, Dr. Randall Kline, D.P.M. at Allied Bone and Joint is your guy.

Specializing in injury, wound, and diseases of the foot and lower leg, Dr. Kline has the knowledge and experience that will address any of your foot injuries or other issues as a result of your athletic routine. Dr. Kline can recommend and perform surgery, if necessary. He has privileges at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, St Joseph Regional Medical Center, and Allied Physicians Surgery Center.

Give us a call at one of our locations to set up an appointment:

South Bend: (574) 247-4667

Plymouth: (574) 540-2500

Nappanee: (574) 247-4667 Podiatry Only

Or visit our website for more information about Dr. Kline and our other providers.