Is Getting in Shape Your New Year’s
Each year the New Year’s resolution to shed those extra
pounds spikes attendance at gyms, draws runners, walkers and bikers to the
roads and trails and finds us cleaning the dust from our home workout
equipment. “No pain, no gain” may be a motto for most workouts, but “too much,
too soon” can lead to foot and ankle injuries that could sabotage your
One of the most common sports injuries is a sprained ankle. If you sprain your
ankle, don’t “play through the pain.” Proper treatment and rehabilitation of
ankle sprains are crucial to ensure adequate healing. If you avoid seeking
treatment for the injury, not only can you cause further damage to the tendons
in your ankle, which may take much longer to heal or possibly require surgery,
but you may be overlooking a more serious injury—a stress fracture.
A stress fracture may feel like an ankle sprain at first, but you will notice
some additional warning signs, such as swelling without bruising and pain even
during normal activities or when touching the area. If you have any of these
symptoms, have your foot and ankle evaluated as soon as possible.
If you finish your workout and experience any pain or swelling around your
Achilles tendon, seek treatment right away. These could be indications of
Achilles tendonitis. If left untreated, a stretched or strained Achilles tendon
may worsen over time, leading to stiffness and fatigue in your injured leg.
Worse yet, untreated Achilles tendonitis could result in a ruptured tendon,
which would require surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation of several months!
Another common “overuse” injury is heel pain. If you have heel pain that lasts
for more than a day or two, or seems to worsen when you stand after sitting for
an extended amount of time, you may have a condition known as plantar
fasciitis. This common condition is a result of an inflammation of the tissue
extending from your heel to your toes. If caught early enough, your foot
and ankle surgeon can examine the condition and recommend some at-home
conditioning. In late stages, the problem is much harder to treat and takes
much longer for the pain to resolve.
Don’t Ignore the Pain!
If you’ve injured your foot or ankle during a workout, schedule an examination
with a foot and ankle surgeon right away.
Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
22-52 33rd Street
Astoria, NY 11105
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