Sports Injuries Specialist

Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist located in Sugar Land, TX

25% of all athletic injuries are foot or ankle-related. If you injure one or both feet during athletic activities, experienced podiatrist Nesha Prasla, DPM, at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, can help. For diagnosis and treatment of your sports injuries, call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Any injury occurring during sports or exercise is referred to as a sports injury. Athletic activities and improper exercise may injure any part of the body, but the most common sports injuries involve the musculoskeletal system.

Athletes and children involved in sports that require jumping and running are at higher risk for sports injuries. Activities that place more demands on the feet are associated with more foot and ankle injuries, including:

  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Running
  • Basketball
  • Dancing

Dr. Prasla diagnoses and treats common foot and ankle-related sports injuries to relieve pain and help you get back to your physical activities as soon as possible.

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment for sports injuries depends on the type and extent of your injury. The most common sports injuries treated at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists include:

Achilles tendinitis

Repeated stress on the Achilles tendon during sports causes stiffness, pain, and swelling. Achilles tendinitis involves inflammation of the tendon where it attaches to the heel and is generally treated with rest, stretching, and physical therapy. Depending on the severity, Dr. Prasla sometimes recommends custom orthotics, immobilization, or surgery.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by overusing the foot, such as running on hard surfaces. The thick band of tissue on the bottom of your feet stretches and tears, causing heel pain. For mild plantar fasciitis, physical therapy, better shoes, or changing your workout routine is often the solution.

Stress fractures

Stress fractures are common injuries for people participating in track, gymnastics, tennis, and basketball. If you overwork muscles, they become unable to absorb the shock from the physical activity, and the energy is sent to the bones. Over time, tiny cracks in the bone will form, which are called stress fractures. 

The primary treatment of stress fractures is rest. Dr. Prasla may recommend taking six weeks or more away from participating in the activity that caused your injury to allow it to heal.

Ankle sprain

Ankle sprains and strains involve stretching and tearing of the ligaments, muscles, or tendons. 

You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Prasla after a strain or sprain. Mild ankle sprains are treated with RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation), while moderate to severe sprains may require immobilization or surgery.

Neuroma

High-impact athletic activities like jogging or running subject your feet to repetitive trauma. A neuroma is a painful condition in the ball of your foot that feels like you are standing on a pebble in your shoe. 

Dr. Prasla may recommend arch supports and foot pads inside your shoe to reduce pressure on the nerve, but if conservative methods don’t help, you may require steroid injections, decompression surgery, or nerve removal.

Heel Spur

Heel spurs are often caused by a repetitive activity straining the foot muscles and ligaments. More than 90% of people with heel spurs improve with stretching exercises, better shoes, taping strained muscles and tendons, physical therapy, and orthotic devices. Some people with heel spurs require surgery to restore mobility and relieve pain.

With many sports injuries, conservative treatment options are available, such as strapping, custom foot orthoses, resting, and regenerative medicine, to help get you back on your feet faster. Dr. Prasla may recommend and treat your condition with conservative measures prior to surgical options if applicable.

How can I prevent sports injuries?

The best way to prevent foot and ankle-related sports injuries is to start every activity with a warm-up that stretches the muscles. 

If you’re dealing with pain or lack of mobility from a foot or ankle-related sports injury, call Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online to get relief.