Leg injuries in athletes are usually the result of overuse or sudden acute trauma.
Runners and athletes like basketball players who engage in repetitive running and jumping have a higher risk of leg injuries. These injuries range from common strains, muscle cramps and muscle soreness to more serious injuries.
Other injuries include stress fractures (overuse fractures of the legs and feet) and chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), which occurs when the leg muscles swell, causing pressure and creating pain. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in the knee is also a serious leg injury that is common among athletes.
Next to prompt and proper diagnosis and treatment, return-to-play decision making can have the greatest impact on an athlete’s recovery. It is our philosophy that athletes be given the best evidence available to guide their time frame for return to sport and physical activity.
A Closer Look at Stress Fractures
Treating Stress Fractures
Dr. Michael Jonesco explains the diagnosis and treatment of stress fractures, as well as ways to prevent injury.
Handling Stress Fractures
Our experts share how to handle stress fractures to get back to your regular activity level as quickly and safely as possible.