In New York we love our sports. From professional teams to little leagues, one thing stays the same—the increased possibility of foot or ankle injuries. The most common types of injuries are strains, sprains, and fractures, all of which should be treated promptly and patiently. By taking the time to heal correctly and safely, you keep your body in tiptop shape and reduce your chances of further injuries with even more time on the bench. If you do experience pain, sometimes it might be hard to tell what type of injury you have incurred. Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. can diagnose your problem and determine the appropriate treatment.
Strains—Signs, Treatments, and Recovery
The muscles and tendons that attach your bones can become strained because of overuse or trauma. Strains are common among athletes, especially those who participate in high intensity practice sessions without many breaks. A small trauma like stepping in a hole and rolling your ankle can also cause a strain, as can overstretching or excessively contracting your muscles.
If you are experiencing muscle spasms, weakened muscles, inflammation, or cramping, these could all be signs that you have a strain and need to see a specialist. Giving your foot the rest and time it needs to heal is the best way to treat a strain. Keep it Rested, Iced, Compressed, and Elevated (RICE) during your recovery period.
Sprains—Common Symptoms and Treatments
Sprains are similar to strains but are injuries to the ligaments that hold your joints together. Sometimes they are caused by overstretching or by a trauma to the foot or ankle. An inability to bear weight, as well as bruising and swelling, are typical indicators that you may have a sprain.
A podiatrist will likely recommend to keep weight off of your foot using crutches or a walking boot. Again RICE is the best treatment to help you recover. The time it takes to heal from a sprain differs based on the severity and location of the injury.
Fractures—What to Look for and How to Treat Them
Fractures are injuries to your bones. They can range from a small crack to a complete break and displacement. Swelling, bruising, pain when walking, inability to bear weight, and disfigurement are common symptoms to look for when you think you may have fractured your foot or ankle.
After a podiatrist takes an X-Ray to confirm the diagnosis, you will either be fitted with a cast or brace to immobilize your foot and give it time to heal. Recovery time varies based upon the type of injury. In time you will be able to return to your sport healed and healthy.
We understand that in New York, you play hard during sports. If you’re in Massapequa, NY and you have injured your foot or ankle, call Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. at (516) 804-9038 to make an appointment. Sports injuries are common, but need to be addressed properly so you can get off of the bench and back on the field! Visit is online today.