French Olympic gymnast, Samir Ait Said snapped his leg when he tried to land his vault. He remained on the floor for several minutes before receiving assistance from medical personnel. It was revealed that he suffered a broken fibia and tibia due to the fall. The injury was not only difficult to Ait Said, but to his teammates as well. The injury crushed their hopes of advancing to the team finals and winning a medal in Rio.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry Easton. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Fasciosis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.