If you’re an athlete or someone who exercises regularly, chances are you’ve had an injury or experienced training-related pain before. Because sports injuries are painful and can affect performance, the podiatrists at United Foot & Ankle work to get you back on your feet quickly. The team provides integrative treatment solutions at their offices in East Brunswick, Keyport, Perth Amboy, Somerset, and Bayonne, New Jersey. Find out how the expert podiatry team can help with your sports injury by booking an exam online. You can also call any of the offices to speak with a team member directly.

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What are sports injuries?

A sports injury is a broad term for any injury, condition, or infection that occurs because of your sporting activity, training, or exercise routine. Sports injuries affect anyone from the weekend warrior to the professional athlete — and anyone in between. Some of the most common sports-related injuries and issues that occur include:

  • Fractures
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprains
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Stress fractures
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ligament or tendon ruptures

To make matters worse, if you suffered from a sports-related issue in the past and didn’t have it properly treated, your chances of re-injury in the future are higher.

What are the symptoms of sports injuries?

Because sports injuries can vary from a mild ankle sprain to a complex bone fracture, the symptoms you experience can vary. But one thing’s for sure: You shouldn’t be in pain. The leading podiatry team at United Foot & Ankle encourage you to come in as soon as possible if your sports injury is causing:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Open wounds
  • Limited range of motion
  • Inability to bear weight on your foot

United Foot & Ankle understands how debilitating sports injuries can be. The team is diligent about collaborating to ensure you receive quality care throughout treatment and any necessary rehabilitation.

How are sports injuries treated?

Because sports injuries can cause pain and discomfort and can certainly leave a lasting negative impact on your performance, the expert podiatrists at United Foot & Ankle spend time evaluating your injury. They gather any necessary X-rays or ultrasound images and perform a thorough exam.

Once your podiatrist diagnoses you and talks with you about the details of your sports injury, they educate you about the different treatment options, which may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Immobilization with a cast, boot, or splint
  • Antibiotic or antiviral medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Custom orthotic inserts

Although these kinds of conservative treatments are beneficial for many sports injuries, sometimes surgery is necessary. At United Foot & Ankle, you have access to a team of board-certified podiatrists who specialize in forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle repairs. You can feel confident that you’re in capable hands.

If you suffered from a sports injury, contact United Foot & Ankle to book your exam today. Schedule online or call the office nearest you directly to book an appointment.