Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries services offered in Corona and Ontario, CA

If you run marathons or lead a physically active lifestyle, you’re also at risk of sports injuries. Fortunately, with routine checkups and good technique, it’s possible to reduce your risk. At Advanced Care Foot and Ankle, podiatrists Norris Morrison, DPM, Lateef Lawal, DPM, Brian Constantine, DPM, and the team provide complete care for sports injuries. Using minimally invasive treatments, they can help you return to your favorite activities. To make an appointment, call the office in Ontario or Corona, California, or book online today.

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries occur during physical activities, like running or lifting weights. Various factors may increase your risk of experiencing a sports injury, including:

  • Training intensely
  • Not warming up properly
  • Playing contact sports
  • Not wearing the proper safety equipment

Children and teens are also more likely to experience sports injuries because their bodies are still growing.

What are some of the most common sports injuries?

The team at Advanced Care Foot and Ankle treats a wide range of sports injuries, including:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Fractures
  • Dislocated joints

You might also benefit from sports injury treatment if you step down awkwardly while running or drop something heavy on your foot. 

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

The Advanced Care Foot and Ankle team diagnoses sports injuries during an in-office visit.

First, your provider reviews your medical records and asks about the injury, including when it occurred, the symptoms you’re experiencing, and if you’ve tried any at-home treatments. Next, your provider conducts an exam. They look at your feet, heels, and ankles for bruising, swelling, or redness during the exam.

Your provider also checks your reflexes, balance, muscle strength, and range of motion. They might also order X-rays to rule out underlying issues, like fractures or a dislocated joint. 

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment of sports injuries depends on several factors, including the severity of your injury and its effect on your daily routine. Usually, Advanced Care Foot and Ankle recommends conservative treatments, like:

  • Ice
  • Rest and elevation
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Massage
  • Activity modification
  • Immobilization with a cast or a splint
  • Custom orthotics

If you experience a ruptured tendon or a serious fracture, the team might recommend surgery.

Is there any way to prevent sports injuries?

The easiest way to reduce the risk of sports injuries is to warm up before exercising. The Advanced Care Foot and Ankle team also recommends wearing the proper safety equipment, easing into new activities, and cooling down after workouts. Minor adjustments like these can help you remain active and injury-free. 

To learn more about the treatment options for sports injuries, make an appointment at Advanced Care Foot and Ankle by calling the nearest office or booking online today.