Sports Injuries Specialist

Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Las Vegas, NM & Santa Fe, NM

Around a quarter of sports-related injuries affect the ankle and the foot. At Foot and Ankle Specialists in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico, the team of expert podiatrists offers time sensitive and comprehensive care to get you back on the field. If you’ve suffered from a sports-related injury, don’t wait to contact your local practice by phone or online to book an appointment.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are some of the most common sports-related foot injuries?

Whether you’re an expert basketball player, know how to hit a home run in baseball, or simply love to run long distances, sports-related injuries can happen to anyone. Some of the most common sports-related foot injuries include:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs as a result of excess pressure on the tissue that supports the arch of your foot. The bottom of your heel starts to get inflamed and causes severe pain.  

Achilles tendinitis

The Achilles' tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. If you have Achilles tendinitis, it typically stems from overuse, specifically in basketball and tennis players, and in professional runners.

Stress fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks in the bones in your feet. The more you’re on your feet practicing, the more pressure and stress you place on your feet and ankles.

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains come about when you twist your foot and injure the ligaments in your ankle. You can suffer from an inversion sprain, an inward twist of the foot, or an eversion sprain, the outward twist of the foot.

Neuroma

A neuroma refers to a swollen nerve in-between your toes that creates pain, irritation, and inflammation.

Heel spur

Heel spurs are bony protrusions on the heel bone. People with flat feet or high arches are more susceptible to heel spurs, although a combination of age, weight, diabetes, and improper footwear can cause them.

What are the symptoms of sports-related injuries?

Each sports-related foot injury comes with its own set of symptoms. The team at Foot and Ankle Specialists is expertly trained to address any of the following symptoms.

  • Muscle weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Pain

If you experience any of the above following an injury, get in touch with a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Specialists today for treatment.

What treatments are available?

Your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Specialists is committed to providing you comprehensive and individualized treatment to get you back to training as soon as possible with little recovery time.

Your podiatrist always tries to avoid surgical intervention. To do so, they might recommend any of the following.

  • Protective footwear
  • Ice
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Stretching exercises
  • Rest

If conservative treatment options do not yield conclusive results, your podiatrist discusses your surgical options depending on the injury.

The most important part of your treatment is to stay off your feet while you heal. While the goal is to speed up your recovery, it’s essential that your injury heals correctly to avoid recurring issues.

Get in touch with the team at Foot and Ankle Specialists today by phone or online if you’ve suffered from a sports-related foot injury.