Student Athletes: Preventing and Treating Foot and Ankle Injuries and Ailments
Being a student athlete isn’t always easy. You have to balance your class load with the practices, games, conditioning, film sessions, travel, and recuperation that comes with playing a sport. For many, it often seems there aren’t enough hours in the day. One thing that too frequently gets neglected is basic health–a minor injury or nagging ailment can get filed away under “Things to Do Later.” Powering through pain is a common theme among driven student athletes. Unfortunately, it’s also very dangerous.
Small irritations can turn into major problems, hampering your ability to participate in a sport and even your class work if they lead to an injury that requires a long recovery. Injuries and chronic conditions can strike anyone, but especially the most active. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we take special care of student athletes and empower them to take care of themselves so that they remain active and competitive.
Whether your sport is football, baseball, field hockey, lacrosse, diving, swimming, wrestling, or any other, injuries can happen, and the pressure and repetition of most of these activities can lead to chronic conditions. You want a podiatrist who understands athletes and is dedicated to getting them back on the field. You don’t want a small pain filed under “Things to Do Later” ultimately getting filed under “Too Late.”
Common injuries and ailments for student athletes:
- ●Inversion ankle sprains
- ●Ankle fractures
- ●Metatarsal fractures
- ●Bone bruises
- ●Stress fractures
- ●Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- ●Shin splints
Often, student athletes are leaders who are looked up to and admired. They know their minds and bodies, and want to keep both in peak condition. If you’re a student athlete, you can’t neglect your feet. Assuming you can ride out an injury can result in greater harm down the road, while being properly diagnosed and expertly treated can set you up for a lifetime of exercise, competition, and fun.
If you or your child is a student athlete, and has suffered a foot injury or a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!