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Sports Injuries: A Little Knowledge – A Lot of Healing

There are few certainties in the world of sports, but one is injuries. They will occur, and no one is immune to the effects. From the weekend warrior to the pro athlete, injuries can strike anyone at any time. How quickly and completely you recover from an injury may well depend on your willingness to seek medical treatment and the speed with which you do. When you are the victim of a sports injury it’s important to:

  • Acknowledge the injury
  • Seek medical treatment
  • Adhere to your treatment and recovery plan

There is no shame in admitting an injury. The shame lies in the stubbornness to admit it and the foolhardy behavior that may lead to a chronic injury and inability to fully put the damage behind you.

The most common injuries are related to running

The most common injuries that are sport related are caused by strain and overuse. An overuse injury is caused by excessive wear and tear on the muscles, joints, bones, tendons and ligaments. Your body’s ability to deal with constant high impact and stress is eroded to the point of giving out. Podiatrists indicate that by far the most injuries they treat are running related. This may include runner’s knee, shin splints, sprained ankles, heel and arch pain and finally Achilles tendonitis. Each one of these injuries can worsen if the activity is not curtailed and the injury given sufficient time to rest and heal. By continuing the offending activity, symptoms increase, tissue damage becomes more widespread and the recovery time is increased. Also the injured site may weaken to such a degree that re-injury occurs and the patient never returns to pre-injury condition.

Most runners’ injuries are minor and easily treated

Thankfully, many of these injuries if acknowledged and treated are fairly minor. A little time and rest will allow the injury to heal on its own. Further home treatments may include the following: ice, compression, elevation, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication, shoe inserts or possibly doctor prescribed custom orthotics. It may also be necessary to change the surface on which you run. Reduce the risk of injury by warming up and stretching, and also wear the right gear for your sport. You may also want to take at least a one-day break each week from the repetitive stress of your chosen sport.

If the doctor says take two aspirin and call him in the morning, then do it!

Our podiatrists at Dallas Podiatry Works always have your foot health as their highest priority. In order to recover fully from an injury, you should listen to Dr. Brook or Dr. Northcutt’s advice. Their only interest is in your recovery and seeing you back participating in the activities that you enjoy. For any foot or ankle injury, call them in Dallas at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano at (972) 943-3323. Their knowing what to do and when to get it done will help speed your recovery time.

Make an appointment with Dallas Podiatry Works today.

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"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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