Al Jefferson, center for the Charlotte Bobcats, hurt his foot during the first game of the Bobcats/Miami Heat match-up during the NBA playoffs last month. He felt something rip while on the court, but after taking two painkiller shots he was able to get back in the game.
Jefferson scored 18 points and got 10 rebounds, but Charlotte ended up losing 88-99 anyway. Later he was diagnosed with a strained plantar fasciitis, and it’s believed that the onset of this painful condition contributed to his poor performance.
If you hurt yourself while playing sports and don’t take time to let the injury heal, there’s a good chance the problem will get worse. For more information about playing sports with a foot or ankle injury, speak to one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors can teach you about why you should avoid doing this and, if you are hurt, determine if any more damage has been caused.
Playing Sports with Foot Injuries
Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:
- Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
- Stress Fractures
- Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
- Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.
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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.