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Sport Injury

What Is A Sport Injury?

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Sports injuries to the foot and ankle keep your podiatrist at Triangle Foot and Ankle Specialist in Cary, NC, busy. Dr. Jeremy Thomas sees scores of amateur and professional athletes who need to restore their feet and ankles to normal form and function and to be as comfortable as possible in their daily, and sports, activities.

Why do feet and ankles take a beating?

Think about it. Your feet and ankles carry you everywhere. Then, add the stresses and impacts of sports training and participation, and you have a recipe for injury. The foot itself has 26 bones, all connected by ligaments and tendons. Trauma to the foot and ankle, hard training surfaces, poor physical conditioning and warm-ups, repetitive motions and improper foot wear increase the chances of podiatric injury for the athlete.

Common sports injuries

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons reports that the ankle sprain is the most frequently-occurring sports injury. Involving tearing and overstretching of the connective tissue, ankle sprains present with swelling, bruising and pain. Most resolve well with rest, bandaging and ice. However, severe or repetitive sprains can result in ankle instability and the need for surgery.

Your foot doctor also helps patients dealing with stress fractures in his Cary, NC, office. This minor cracking of the bones of the foot or ankle typically results from overuse, poorly supporting footwear and resuming a sport too soon after a previous injury.

Also, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis happen with the repetitive motion of sports which involve bouncing and jumping--dancing, volleyball and tennis as examples. While these conditions usually do not require surgery, rest and ice do help, along with non-invasive strategies such as shoe orthotics to correct gait problems, physical therapy, over the counter pain medications, stretching and physical therapy.

Finally, have you heard of Morton's Neuroma? It's a benign thickening involving the nerves and metatarsal bones at the ball of the foot. Rest, pain medication and wide, more cushioned shoes help the mostly female athletes who develop this painful problem.

Dr. Thomas can help

If you suffer an acute sports injury, or have concerns about recurring pain and other symptoms in your foot or ankle, please contact Triangle Foot and Ankle Specialist for a consultation. Dr. Thomas will examine you, do specialized imaging as needed, and tailor a treatment plan to get you moving comfortably again. Call our office at (919) 851-3435!

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What Our Patients Say

  • "I have been a patient of Dr. Thomas’ for more than 4 years and have been treated for 3 different foot issues. I have always received professional and appropriate treatments. Dr. Thomas is knowledgeable and explains procedures thoroughly. He prescribed custom orthotics and they have allowed me to be pain free and avoid surgery (until I wish to have it). His staff is friendly and professional. Appointments are easy to schedule and wait times are minimal. I have also taken my young daughter for 2 different issues and have been pleased with her treatments as well."
    April M. ★★★★★
  • "Very professional office environment. I felt welcomed and appreciated from the moment I walked in. The front desk did a great job, the nurse/pa made sure I knew what to expect from my procedure and recovery. Dr Thomas answered all my questions and did a great job! I can highly recommend this office – Thank You very much, my foot is doing Great!"
    Stan B. ★★★★★
  • "Great care in getting my foot healed from a fracture I suffered from a sports related injury."
    Randy H. ★★★★★
  • "I had a very informative visit my doctor was awesome. He explained everything to me so that I can take care of my problem with the best care and knowledge. The staff is also awesome. I was so happy to have found them. I will recommend them to everyone. I’m a happy patient!"
    Melanie T. ★★★★★