Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries
Whether it comes suddenly and unexpectedly or has been nagging you for a while, an injury to your feet and ankles can slow you down at the worst possible time.
And worse still, even “minor” foot and ankle sports injuries can develop into serious problems if left untreated for too long. Trying to “play through the pain” will almost always make things worse and keep you off the field for longer in the long run.
At Kalamazoo Podiatry, our team works with active people of all ages and ability levels—hikers, bikers, weekend warriors, student athletes, and more. We are passionate about helping you get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible, and even offer many cutting-edge treatment options (such as laser therapy and 3D-printed orthotics) to accelerate your recovery.
Acute vs. Chronic Injuries
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:
- Turf Toe
- Broken feet
Examples of overuse injuries that we treat include:
- Heel and arch pain
- Forefoot pain
- Stress fractures
- Shin splints
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
Our approach to sports injury treatment is highly personalized, with a variety of both traditional and advanced treatment options available. This allows us to chart a return path to full activity that fits your lifestyle, your sport, and your goals—while getting you back to your activities as quickly and safely as possible.
Advanced treatment options include:
- MLS laser therapy. This is a great option for athletes in particular, since it can accelerate healing for a wide range of different injuries and be incorporated into almost any treatment or rehab program. Adding MLS laser therapy sessions can cut your recovery time by 30-40 percent or more.
- 3D-printed orthotics. State-of-the-art digital scanning and 3D printing now allow us to make orthotics that are lighter, thinner, more comfortable, more flexible, more customized, and more effective than ever before. Sport-specific configurations are available, too!
- Regenerative injection therapy. This form of injection therapy helps reduce inflammation and accelerate healing in fluid environments, and may be especially helpful for athletes suffering from joint or tendon pain.
Throughout the treatment process, we’ll also provide expert guidance to help you stay active during recovery and rehab and prevent future injuries. This may include recommendations about stretching and exercise, shoe selection, training tips, and so much 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. So if you’re ready to get back in the game fast after a foot or ankle injury, give Kalamazoo Podiatry a call at (269) 373-1019 or complete the contact form below.
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