Your feet and ankles move and flex in many ways, as the base of your ability to stand, walk or run; whichever your sport calls for, we can help.
Two of the most common sports injuries that affect the ankle and foot are Achilles tendon tears and stress fractures. We treat these and other common foot and ankle issues, including:
- Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), which occurs when leg muscles swell and create pain and pressure, causing numbness in the foot, cutting off vascular supply and impeding movement.
- Ankle sprains, which usually occur when the ankle is twisted and ligaments are injured or torn, causing inflammation and bruising.
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of the foot, making it painful to walk.
- Tendonitis, the inflammation of a tendon due to repeated use, causing pain and soreness around a joint.
Achilles tendon tearThe Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to muscles in your calf. Every time you run and jump, you use this tendon. A tear can happen when you push off your feet, break into a run or make a stop-and-start move.
- Bruising or swelling around your foot or leg
- Feeling of being kicked or stabbed in the back of the ankle
- Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
- Inability to stand on your toes
- Sharp pain in your ankle or your leg
Stress fractureAnother common foot and ankle sports injury is a stress fracture. Sports that involve a lot of running and jumping, like basketball, soccer and track and field result in overuse injuries of the leg, foot and ankle. This can often lead to a small crack in bones, especially the shinbone (tibia) and bones in the foot called the metatarsals.
- Pain that becomes more severe with activity and less severe with rest
- Pain and swelling when supporting weight
- Tenderness in the bone
A Closer Look at Sports-Related Ankle Injuries
Treating Ankle Arthritis
Dr. Adam Groth outlines the causes of, and options for treating ankle arthritis and how to determine what may be right for you.
Caring for a Sprained Ankle
Dr. Tim Miller discusses a typical approach to caring for a sprained ankle, a common injury that can range from a simple stretching injury to a complete tear of the ligaments.
Treating Ankle Sprains
Dr. Adam Groth explains the appropriate treatment to help expedite recovery of an ankle sprain.