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Every physical activity carries with it a certain degree of risk. Because they’re not only responsible for supporting your entire weight but also powerfully propelling running strides, jumps, and cuts, feet and ankles are especially endangered.

Whenever your experience an injury in your lower extremity, make a point to see the team at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. These incidents take away your ability to play, work, and move the way you want to, and ignoring them almost always makes the problem worse in the long run.

Injuring Your Feet and Ankles

Broadly speaking, there are two main types of foot and ankle injuries: traumatic (or acute) injuries, and overuse injuries.

Acute injuries happen in an instant—a big hit, a sudden stumble, an unfortunate hyperextension—and result in immediate (and often severe) pain and damage. On the other side, overuse injuries slowly build up over time, and dozens or hundreds of tiny impacts, stresses, and wear and tear weaken muscles, soft tissues, and bones.

Common causes of foot and ankle injuries include wearing improper shoes or equipment, rapidly changing your workout routine or increasing mileage/difficult too quickly, and not taking enough rest time between workouts.

Acute Injuries
Some of the most common injuries in this category include:

  • Ankle sprains. The most common sports injury, sprains occur when ligaments supporting the ankle joint are stretched or torn. Prompt medical attention is required, as a sprain that heals improperly may result in chronic pain and weakness.
  • Achilles tendon ruptures. A partial or full tear of the Achilles tendon may be accompanied by a popping sound, along with immediate (and usually severe) pain. The tear usually occurs a few inches above the tendon’s insertion into the ankle, which is the weakest point. Healing and rehabilitation, unfortunately, may require some time.
  • Bone fractures. Partial, complete, or complex breaks in bone may occur after a severe sprain, high-impact injury, or auto accident. Sometimes, you may not even realize a bone is broken if the fracture is relatively stable. Common symptoms include swelling, blisters, bruises, and an inability to bear weight.
Overuse Injuries
The following are among the most common “wear and tear” injuries of the feet and ankles:

  • Heel pain. Many different conditions can cause heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and others.
  • Ball of foot pain / metatarsalgia. Although the heel is more common, stress and pain may be located more toward the middle or front of your feet instead.
  • Stress fractures. When soft tissues in the feet wear down, more and more impact forces get transferred directly to the bones, especially the metatarsal bones in the middle of the foot. This can lead to the formation of thin cracks in the surface of the bones called stress fractures.

Sports Injury Treatments that Work

Regardless of the type, location, or severity of your foot or ankle injury, our doctors are exceptionally qualified to diagnose and treat it. With a wide range of treatment options, spanning traditional conservative remedies to advanced technologies and state-of-the-art surgical techniques, our team will help you get back on your feet fast.

Tried-and-true treatments like rest, icing, compression wraps, elevation, stretching, and others still have their place in sports injury recovery, and are often part of a comprehensive treatment plan. In fact, they may even be sufficient on their own for minor injuries.

For tougher pain or more serious damage, we can provide a range of more aggressive (but still conservative!) treatments, including custom orthotics and technologies like laser and shockwave therapy. These cutting-edge options are often a great alternative to surgery, which is reserved only for the most serious cases.

When you hurt yourself on the sports field (or just going through life), you want a team in your corner. Because of our training and our expansive range of treatment options, we’re able to provide personalized and effective care. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at (702) 213-9093.

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