While fall sports are in full swing, so are the ankle and foot injuries. In fact, an ankle sprain is the most common injury found to occur from participating in various sporting activities. Many times, these mild sprains will resolve themselves, but often enough, they take weeks to heal and require therapy to heal properly. Here we will discuss some of the most common ankle and foot injuries and how they can be prevented and treated.
Most Common Foot & Ankle Injuries
It’s known that foot and ankle injuries are among the most common injuries to take place, especially to the younger individuals participating in sports, but which injuries are the most common? Take a peek so you know what to be aware of when keeping active!
- Sprained Ankle
- High Ankle Sprain
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Various Strains
- Broken Ankle
- Fractured Bones in the Foot
There are also many other conditions that can arise from the injuries listed above, such as bunions and plantar fasciitis. Core physical therapists are experienced and ready to help you overcome any foot or ankle issues you’re living with! Learn more here.
Prevention Measures to Take
There are many ways you can reduce your risk of injuring your ankle – all it takes is a little perseverance to get your body stronger and healthier. We recommend the following to help prevent any injuries from occurring:
- Strengthen your core to gain hip control
- Improve your overall body balance
- Gain flexibility
- Wear a brace for protection, especially if you have had past injuries
- Stay hydrated
- Eat a balanced diet
- Progress into the activity you are training in
Treatment & Recovery Plans
Treatment and recovery are different for everyone as no two people or their injuries are alike, but there are similar measures you can take that help multiple injuries. The first method that has been a long time trusted plan is the RICE method. This is important to do right after an injury occurs. After that, many people will see their doctor and begin physical therapy to regain their strength. You will want to ensure you are participating in your rehab sessions, as well as working with your injury on your own time to improve and speed up results. After you have had an injury, wearing a brace for future protection is always advised.
We understand these injuries are common, but that doesn’t make them any easier when they happen to you. If you have ankle or foot pain, contact Core Physical Therapy for help today!