Sports Injuries

What are the most common foot and ankle injuries?

Ankle Sprains

When you “twist your ankle”, you can injure one or more of the ligaments that support the ankle, ranging in severity from a mild sprain to a complete tear.

Treatment involves: rest, ice, bracing or strapping and sometimes use of an aircast  might be indicated. Prescription orthotics are useful in preventing chronic sprains.

Turf Toe

Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint after excessive upward bending of the big toe, caused by jamming or repetitive injury from pushing off. Symptoms: pain, swelling, and limited joint range of motion.

Treatment: rest, ice, compression, and elevation, less-flexible footwear. Prescription orthotics can help redistribute weight-bearing forces on the forefoot and protect the affected joint(s).

Shin Splints

Shin splints are the result of inflammation of the periosteum along the tibia. It occurs after running or walking, and results in pain in the shins and is caused by flat feet, calf tightness, overuse, worn out or improper sneakers.

Treatment: rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, stretching exercises, properly fitted shoes, and orthotics. If not treated, shin splints may eventually result in a tibial stress fracture.

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Central Carolina Foot & Ankle Associates

4119 Capitol Street
Durham, NC 27704 
(near Duke Regional Hospital) 

5107 Southpark Drive
Suite 202
Durham, NC 27713 
(close to RTP and Chapel Hill)