Spring has sprung and people are venturing out of their houses and into the parks. It is great to see people enjoying the beautiful weather and getting some sun after those long Colorado winters, but with increased activity comes increased risk for foot and ankle injury. Two popular spring-time sports, soccer and baseball, can be particularly hard on your feet and ankles.
Sprained Ankles for Spring
A sprained ankle is a relatively common injury in both soccer and baseball, but still should not be taken lightly. Sprained ankles are typically caused by a fall, twist, or impact that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. This can cause injury to one or more of the ligaments in the ankle. The severity of the sprain depends on whether the ligament has been partially torn, completely torn, or simply stretched. Soccer players should be careful with slide tackles, as this can be a major source of sprained ankles. Baseball players, as they slide into bases, will position their ankle in much the same way, increasing risk of sprains.
It is important to address a sprained ankle immediately as it can lead to chronic ankle instability (CAI). CAI is a condition where the ankle will give way frequently. Maintaining good balance can be difficult with this condition, and can leave you benched permanently. Luckily, Dr. Hatch specializes in ankle reconstruction, and can address many different injuries that are specific to the ankle.
Everyone wants to be on top of their game, and training is the best way to do this in your free time. While not unique to baseball and soccer, plantar fasciitis is a common symptom of overtraining and is not only painful, but can severely hinder sport’s performance if left unaddressed. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia (a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toe on the bottom of your foot) becomes irritated and inflamed, causing heel pain. This condition is best avoided by wearing footwear that fully supports the arch of your foot, and by abstaining from spending an extended amount of time on your feet, whether that is standing or working out.
While plantar fasciitis is painful, it typically can be treated through fairly straightforward and unobtrusive means like stretching, limiting physical activities, and applying ice. However, if the pain does not subside after a couple of weeks, you may want to consider visiting a podiatrist.
Don’t Stay on the Sidelines
Colorado is famous for being one of the most healthy and active states in the country. Don’t let foot or ankle injuries leave you sidelined. With two convenient locations in Greeley and Longmont, our team at The Foot and Ankle Center of Northern Colorado are ready to help address any concerns you may have about the health of your feet and ankles. Give us a call at (970) 351-0900 to schedule an appointment at our Greeley location, or at (303) 772-3232 to get in touch with our location in Longmont.