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Sports Injuries

Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Ankeny serving greater Des Moines, IA

Every year, about 8.6 million Americans suffer a sports injury, and about half of those cases involve a trip to the emergency room. Expert podiatrists Paul Dayton, DPM, MS, and Mindi Dayton, DPM, MHA at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa in Ankeny, Iowa, have years of experience diagnosing and treating sports injuries. Using safe, cutting-edge treatment methods, they can ease your pain and get you back on the court or playing field in no time. Request your consultation at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries occur while you’re playing sports or participating in other types of physical activity. Anyone can experience a sports injury, but they’re especially common in children and teenagers because their bones and soft tissues are still growing.

You’re also at an increased risk of suffering a sports injury if:

  • You don’t regularly exercise
  • You don’t warm up prior to exercise
  • You play contact sports
  • If you or a loved one experiences a sports injury, don’t wait to seek treatment.
  • The sooner you receive care, the better.

What are some common sports injuries?

The team at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa regularly diagnoses and treats a wide range of sports injuries, including:

  • Metatarsalgia
  • Ankle sprains
  • Foot sprains
  • Swollen muscles
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

The team also diagnoses and treats tendon-related injuries including Achilles tendon ruptures and tendinitis.

Is there any way to prevent sports injuries?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent sports injuries entirely. However, there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk, including:

  • Using the proper technique
  • Having the proper equipment
  • Warming up before exercise
  • Cooling down after exercise
  • Easing yourself back into exercise

It’s also important you listen to your body. If you experience pain or discomfort during a particular exercise, don’t “push through it.” Instead, do your body a favor and ease off.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

To diagnose sports injuries, your provider at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and asks you questions about your symptoms and injury. They might also ask you to walk around the exam room or perform a series of simple exercises to better observe your gait and posture.

After gathering all of the necessary information, your provider develops a custom treatment plan to help you feel better.

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment for sports injuries depends on the type and severity of your injury. If possible, the providers at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa recommend conservative treatments such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation, known as the RICE protocol. If your pain persists, you might benefit from physical therapy, custom-made orthotics, or mobility devices, like crutches or a walker.

In the event of a severe sports injury, surgical intervention might be necessary. Fortunately, thanks to modern treatment technology, most sports injury-related surgery uses minimally invasive techniques.

To request your sports injury appointment at Foot & Ankle Center of Iowa today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.