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What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries occur both during sports play and during any kind of exercise. This kind of injury usually affects the ligaments, tendons, muscles, or bone. Almost 45% of sports injuries involve the lower extremities.

Common examples of sports injuries include:

  • Achilles tendinitis: overuse-related inflammation-causing heel pain
  • Peroneal tendonitis: overuse-related inflammation-causing heel and outer foot pain 
  • Stress fractures: cracks in your bone caused by repeated impact
  • Ankle instability: ankle weakness related to internal tissue damage
  • Sprains: ligament injury involving either stretching or tearing
  • Strains: tendon or muscle injury involving either stretching or tearing
  • Dislocations: when the ends of two bones move out of place

Sports with a high incidence of these foot and ankle injuries include running, soccer, football, basketball, and dancing.

What are the signs of sports injuries?

Although every sports injury can affect the feet and ankles differently, a few general symptoms are:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Red skin
  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain
  • Ankle weakness or instability
  • Uncomfortable weight bearing 

What is the treatment for foot and ankle sports injuries?

At Jupiter Laser and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Cedeno prescribes treatment protocols that repair damage at the source, which means restoring your foot or ankle to its pre-injury state.

There are a wide range of ways to accomplish this goal, but your recovery usually includes rest, elevation, prescribed exercises, and pain relief. The pain relief can take many forms, including anti-inflammatory medication, ice, and injection therapy.

Regenerative medicine includes injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells. This can decrease inflammation around your injury while stimulating the growth of new tissue to replace the weakened or torn areas.

If nonsurgical modalities don’t fully heal your sports injury, Dr. Cedeno may recommend foot and ankle surgery. He has advanced training in many innovative minimally invasive procedures to repair damaged tendons, ligaments, and cartilage using very small incisions.

For any foot or ankle sports injuries, call the podiatric sports medicine experts at Jupiter Laser and Regenerative Medicine or book an appointment online today.

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Podiatry located in Jupiter, FL

Sports injuries may seem simple, but they often have complicated origins. An injury like a sprained ankle doesn’t just vanish spontaneously. It’s a potentially serious ligament injury that could sideline you and leave you at risk for worse injury if you don’t get treatment. That’s why you need support from a foot and ankle sports injury specialist like Orlando Cedeno, DPM, at Jupiter Laser and Regenerative Medicine. At his Jupiter, Florida, office, Dr. Cedeno diagnoses and cares for your injury using the most cutting-edge sports medicine protocols. Get back on your feet safely by calling the office or clicking the online booking button now.

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