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Fall Sports and Ankle Injuries

Podiatrist in Midtown

With the fall sports season approaching, athletes are at high risk of ankle and foot injuries. Sports like soccer, football or cross country place intense demands and stress on the foot and can lead to painful injuries. At Foot and Ankle Surgeons Of New York, a podiatrist in Midtown can help you protect your ankle on and off the field in order for you to perform your best.

Common injuries include:

Plantar Fasciitis

  • What is Plantar Fasciitis?
    • A condition where the band of tissues, the plantar fascia, supporting the arch of your foot absorbs too much stress.
  • How does it occur?
    • When the tissues are strained from activities such as running, they become inflamed and cause pain at the bottom of the heel.
  • How can it be prevented?
    • Relax your lower legs when running or walking.
    • Land evenly on the middle of your foot instead of your heel.

Achilles Tendonitis

  • What is Achilles Tendonitis?
    • This is a condition that affects the Achilles tendon which is the largest tendon in the body located in the back of the ankle and can cause pain in athletes.
  • How does it occur?
    • This injury is common among runners and can be caused by overuse such as an increase in speed, distance or hills.
  • How can it be prevented?
    • Stretch and strengthen your calf muscles.
    • Gradually increase your activity.
    • Choose proper shoes.
    • Cross train.

Stress Fractures

  • What is a stress fracture?
    • Unlike a fracture, a stress fracture is a small crack that forms in the bone and can occur anywhere in the foot or ankle.
  • How does it occur?
    • A stress fracture occurs when a repeated impact is placed on a bone and the muscles are unable to handle the stress.
  • How can it be prevented?
    • Use the right equipment/techniques.
    • Know the limits of your body.
    • Engage in strength training.

If you have questions or concerns about any of these common injuries, contact our podiatrist in Midtown today.

Ankle Sprains

  • What is an ankle sprain?
    • An ankle sprain involves the twisting of the foot which causes damage to the ligaments of the ankle.
  • How does it occur?
    • When the ankle is forced from its natural position, it causes the ligaments to tear or stretch.
  • How can it be prevented?
    • Stretch before physical activity.
    • Strengthen the muscles around your ankle.
    • Try to improve your balance.

At Foot And Ankle Surgeons of New York, a podiatrist in Midtown can help athletes who suffer from foot or ankle injuries get back onto the field for their best, pain-free performance. Contact us today!

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