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Surfing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Wind, wave, and kite surfing offer exhilarating experiences, but they also pose risks of foot and ankle injuries. Collisions with the board, submerged obstacles near the shore, or rotation trauma with the foot secured in straps are common culprits. Reef cuts and open wounds, prevalent in tropical waters, can lead to severe infections. Among the array of potential injuries, midfoot injuries are particularly concerning and often result in chronic instability and arthritis if not properly addressed. Additionally, falls with the foot trapped in straps necessitate examination for Lisfranc joint lesions and subtalar injuries. A podiatrist can help to manage these injuries. Podiatrists can accurately diagnose conditions, offer tailored treatment plans, and provide rehabilitation strategies to promote optimal healing and prevent long-term complications. If you have sustained an injury from surfing, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help restore your foot and ankle function.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Ronald K. Olm of Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports 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 Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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