Sports Injuries

Kalamazoo is always on the move!

Southwest Michigan is full of hikers, bikers, weekend warriors, high school and college athletes, and active people of all ages and ability levels. And that’s great news! We probably don’t have to tell you how good exercise is for both body and mind.

Unfortunately, we also probably don’t have to tell you that athletic activity always comes with a risk of injury—and your feet and ankles are particularly vulnerable.

Foot and ankle sports injuries should always be treated promptly by a foot and ankle specialist. Trying to “play through the pain” will almost always make your condition worse and keep you off the field for longer in the long run.

Acute vs. Chronic

Broadly speaking, sports injuries fall into one of two categories.

Acute injuries are the “over in an instant” type, where a sudden collision or impact tears or breaks something, causing instant pain.

By contrast, overuse injuries develop slowly over time—gradually, your feet start to ache more and more due to repetitive, small impacts without enough time to recover in between.

It’s usually obvious that an acute injury needs immediate attention, especially if the pain is severe. However, athletes can be stubborn, and may choose to try to “walk it off” or “play through” overuse injuries—even very painful ones.

We get it. No one wants to give up their spot on the field and take time to recover. Given the choice, many will put off treatment until the last possible instant. But doing so will only increase your suffering—and run the risk of turning your minor injury into a major one.

Common Sports Injuries

Examples of common acute and emergency sports injuries we treat include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Broken feet
  • Broken toes

Examples of overuse injuries that we treat include:

This is, by necessity, only a partial list. If you hurt your feet or ankles in any fashion on the field, court, or trail—or just from taking an awkward stumble off a curb—we can help you.

Common Sports Injuries

Examples of common acute and emergency sports injuries we treat include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Broken feet
  • Broken toes

Examples of overuse injuries that we treat include:

This is, by necessity, only a partial list. If you hurt your feet or ankles in any fashion on the field, court, or trail—or just from taking an awkward stumble off a curb—we can help you.

Personal Sports Injury Care, Tailored for Athletes

When athletes come to our office, we know that at least two things are true:

  • They came to us because foot pain was getting in the way of them playing their favorite sport or living the lifestyle they want to live.
  • They want a treatment plan that will allow them to get back to speed as quickly as possible.

Our approach to sports injury treatment is highly personalized, with the goal of giving you as many possible treatment options so you can choose a path that fits your lifestyle, your sport, and your goals.

In terms of specific treatment options, we are proud to be the only foot specialists in Kalamazoo with MLS laser therapy in office. This is a really great option for sports injuries and athletes in particular, and can be added to almost any treatment or rehab program to accelerate results.

In short, the laser can penetrate deep into damaged tissues, where it reduces swelling and stimulates new tissue growth, metabolism, new blood vessel formation, and more. It’s safe, painless, and can cut recovery times for most sport injuries significantly when incorporated into a treatment plan.

Throughout the treatment process, we’ll also provide guidance to help you stay as active as possible throughout recovery and rehab, which will help you stay fitter, happier, and more motivated. We can help with physical therapy, stretching exercises, shoe selection, training tips, and more.

Dr. Bredeweg is a huge sports fan and knows what you’re going through. Whether you’re a pro or a weekend warrior, you’ll get the same high level of dedication, attention, and personalized care.

Want to get back in the game fast after a foot or ankle injury? Give Kalamazoo Podiatry a call at (269) 373-1019.

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