5 Common Sports Injuries
Shin splits occur due to overuse of the legs. Activities such as excessive running, poor conditioning, and over-pronation (flattening of the arch) stimulate shin splints. Symptoms include increasing pain in the front or inside of the lower leg. This pain typically grows with training intensity and overuse. Runners and athletes commonly suffer shin splints. Proper pre-workout exercises and supportive athletic shoes decrease the chances of developing shin splints. Treatment options such as Icing your shins and anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen help reduce pain and swelling.
Achilles tendonitis results from overuse and inflammation of the tendon. The Achilles tendon is located at the back of the leg above the heel and below the calf. The tendon can withstand forces of 1,000 pounds or more and is the largest tendon in the human body. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and proper physical therapy are several non-invasive treatment options.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Symptoms typically include heel pain, stiffness, swelling, or redness. Flat feet and high arches are common risk factors next to running and other athletic activity. Healthy heel stretching exercises, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and shoes with proper arch support are recommended.
Sprained ankles are a common injury with high-impact sports. Any unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones results in over stretching and tearing of one or more ligaments located on the outside of the ankle. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems. We recommend the RICE treatment for ankle sprains. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation of the injured ankle.
sesamoiditis and is a form of tendonitis. Sesamoiditis is a common condition among ballet dancers, runners, and baseball catchers because of the pressures placed on their feet. A common symptom is pain or swelling under the big toe and ball of the foot. If you have difficulty bending or straightening the big toe, it could be seasmoiditis. Metatarsal pads alleviate the pressure placed on the ball of the foot. Apply ice to the area shortly after exercising and reduce swelling with anti-inflammatory medication.