Injury can quickly derail your plans to stay active and healthy. For many of us, working out and training is tied to our mental health and overall feeling of well-being. “Hard” bone injuries leave us no choice but to stop what we’re doing and seek emergency care. By contrast, soft tissue injuries can sneak up on us and give us mixed signals on when it’s safe to return to sport. The experts at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offer ankle injury treatment and tips for knowing whether you have a sprain, strain, or tear, and what you can do to get yourself back into shape.
For many athletes, cortisone shots soothe the savage pain of inflammation and provide hope that they can return to a high level of athletic activity soon. Yet, you may have a few questions about this common treatment in podiatry and sports medicine, such as: what is the difference between a long-acting and short-acting cortisone shot or what to expect after a cortisone shot in foot? Podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine weigh in.
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
It’s that time of year. The leaves are crisping up, the air is chilling out, and kids are back in school, where they’ll pick up football, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, cross-country, dance, and soccer. Sports medicine doctors typically see an influx of back-to-school-related sports injuries in September—everything from lacerations and soft tissue sprains to concussions and heat exhaustion. While every injury, particularly traumatic ones, cannot be prevented, there are ways to make sure your child stays safe.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we specialize in sports medicine for the foot and ankle and we’re often asked about the timing for returning to sports after injury. The inconvenient truth is that the factors affecting healing, recovery, and outcome following injury are as unique as an individual’s genetic makeup. Inflammation, age, vascularity, fitness level, strength, the presence of comorbidities, infection, malnutrition, past history of injury, and adherence to doctor’s orders all play a role. There are, however, ballpark timelines that tend to be fairly consistent in helping us gauge whether you’re recovering particularly “fast” or “slow,” which we’ll discuss here.
People tend to think of podiatrists as “the place you go for bunions and plantar warts,” not ankle or foot injury. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we actually see a lot of patients with acute trauma such as ankle sprains, broken foot bones, and torn Achilles tendons. Should you go to the hospital for a sprained ankle or other foot injury, the trip could end up being even more painful.
There are a number of things that can complicate a straightforward ankle sprain injury—cartilage damage, loose bone fragments, cyst development, tears in surrounding structures, or nerve entrapment, to name a few. You can never be too careful within the first 48 hours of an injury. Our White Plains sports medicine doctors and board-certified podiatrists can evaluate you immediately. Certainly, if you have pain a week later, do not hesitate to see a foot and ankle specialist. In the meantime, here are five things to consider when seeking care for ankle sprains.
The traditional prescription for foot and ankle sprains has always been “RICE” — rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It sounds simple enough for patients to do at home, but researchers say the rules need a little explaining — and some updating, too. Naturally, our NYC podiatrists want you to come in for an evaluation before you attempt to self-diagnose and treat yourself.
Los Angeles native Allyson Felix won a gold for the 200-meter dash at the last Olympics – which she added to her two silver medals from 2004 and 2008. This year, she failed to qualify for her favorite race and was not be able to defend her title although she still made it into the running for the 400 meter and 1,600 meter. We feel that some of her lost short-term explosiveness can be attributed to an April ankle injury.
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC is one of the top choices for ankle sprain diagnoses, treatment, and rehabilitation. Whether you just need a little help with immobilization and physical therapy or are one of the rare cases requiring surgery, our team is here to help! Here are eight ankle sprain statistics and details on recovering without residual pain or chronic instability.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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