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Foot and Ankle Injuries in Young People Who Play Sports

Foot and ankle injuries are common among kids and adolescents who play sports, ranging from congenital variants to acute and chronic injuries. Congenital variants can include structural abnormalities present at birth. Osteochondroses, a group of disorders affecting the growth of bones in children and adolescents, can cause pain and swelling. Acute injuries, such as fractures and sprains, and chronic injuries, like stress fractures and tendonitis, are prevalent due to the repetitive stress of sports activities. Soft tissue injuries, including strains and ligament tears, are also frequent. Additionally, infections can complicate injuries if not properly treated. Podiatrists must consider systemic diseases such as inflammatory arthritis when a pediatric athlete presents with unexplained pain and swelling in one or more joints. Adolescents tend to sustain more injuries than younger children due to their increased participation in high-intensity sports and the physical changes during growth spurts. If your child has sustained a foot or ankle injury from playing sports or complains of associated pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Jonathan Kletz from Texas Foot Works. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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