No matter what sport you play, your feet and ankles are the true MVPs. These complex biomechanical structures bear the weight of your body, making it possible for you to stand tall in Tree Pose; run across the football field to score a touchdown; jump to make that perfect slam dunk at a basketball game—and just about anything else you train yourself to accomplish. They even help absorb the shock from high-impact activities like step aerobics and Zumba.
When a sport-related foot or ankle injury occurs, it can leave you in pain and sitting on the sidelines. Fortunately, there's help. Regardless of whether you were hurt while running, hiking, practicing martial arts; playing a team sport like soccer or field hockey; or participating in any other kind of indoor or outdoor recreational activity, the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City's expert podiatrist, Dr. Rion Berg, can provide the treatment you need to heal properly, and get back in the game and back to the active lifestyle you enjoy.
Expert Podiatric Care for a Wide Range of Sports Injuries in North Seattle
Boasting a background in physical therapy and 40 years in podiatry practice, Dr. Berg's successfully treated countless athletes and active individuals for sports injuries to the feet or ankles. As a result, no matter your sport of choice, we understand the particular risks it entails, and have the necessary skills and experience to accurately assess and diagnose your condition. Here are some of the most common sports injuries we treat:
One of the most common sports injuries is an ankle sprain. These injuries are most prevalent in sports such as basketball, soccer, and football which require a great deal of twisting movements. Improper treatment of ankle sprains can lead to long-term problems so it’s important to get them evaluated. Learn about treatment for ankle sprains here.
Ankle fracture and breaks
It’s important to get an ankle sprain evaluated to make sure it’s not fractured or broken. In addition to pain, you’ll often have difficulty walking on a broken or fractured ankle, but not always. In addition to participation in high impact sports, fractures are common when an athlete or weekend warrior increase their training time too rapidly. Learn about treatment for ankle fractures and breaks here.
Achilles tendon rupture
High impact sports, previous injuries, occasional play, and other factors can put an athlete at high risk for an Achilles tendon rupture. Learn more about other risk for this condition and it’s treatment here.
When most people think about sports injuries they tend to think about sprains and breaks. And while these are very common injuries as mentioned above, a large portion of athletes suffer from overuse injuries.
Overuse injuries occur most often when a casual or pro-athlete:
- builds up their training schedule too quickly
- takes on a new sport without proper training or technique
- uses improper equipment or surfaces i.e. unstable shoes or shoes not designed for the sport or running on very hard surfaces
Most common overuse injuries include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Ball of foot pain (commonly caused by Morton's neuroma or turf toe)
- Turf toe
- Ankle instability
Conservative to Advanced Treatments for Sports-Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to sports and fitness, pain does not mean gain; it's actually your body's way of alerting you to a problem. Ignoring these alerts and playing through the pain can have serious consequences, like allowing relatively minor injuries and issues to develop into complicated chronic conditions.
Seeking prompt evaluation and treatment for podiatric sports injuries is vital—and no matter what's ailing you, Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City has a solution that's right for you. We offer a broad range of options, from conservative methods to cutting-edge therapies, including:
- Patient education. In addition to helping you get back to your passion, we'll provide you with the information you need to prevent your injury or condition from reoccurring.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises. Learn how to stretch your muscles properly to prevent common foot and ankle sports injuries.
- Footwear recommendations. Some sports injuries are the result of footwear that's restrictive or lacks adequate support. We'll evaluate your feet and recommend appropriate shoes for your sport of choice.
- Foot and ankle taping. This "old school" technique can provide relief for a variety of common sports injuries.
- Custom orthotics. We offer custom orthotics for your feet and ankles. While we utilize an excellent lab for many of our orthotics, we can also make custom orthotics for patients with special needs right in our office.
- MLS Laser Therapy. This revolutionary cold laser therapy eliminates pain and reduces inflammation without side effects, or the use of painful injections or potentially habit forming drugs.
- Surgical options. While we always prioritize more conservative treatments whenever possible, in some cases, surgery may truly be the best option for resolving your sports injury.