The feet and ankles are among the parts of your body most vulnerable to athletic injuries. Every time your feet hit the ground during a sprint, or land after a jump, they absorb and dissipate impact forces equivalent to several times your body weight, in a split second.
Over time, the accumulative effect of this repetitive impact can lead to overuse injuries like heel pain, stress fractures, capsulitis, or shin splints. In other cases, you might suffer a traumatic acute injury like an ankle sprain or Achilles tendon rupture.
Either way, prompt and professional treatment is recommended to repair the damage and rehabilitate the injury as quickly and safely as possible. Faithfully following your doctor’s treatment plan will greatly reduce your risk of reinjury and prevent long-term complications.
Dr. Thomas J. Bobrowski of InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry specializes in podiatric sports medicine for patients of all ages and levels of athletic activity. Whether you are a student-athlete, weekend warrior, active retiree, or a professional, our team can help.
Discipline Is the Key to Success
One of the most difficult challenges an active individual faces during the treatment process is simply having the discipline to follow through with their treatment plan.
The challenge is to resist the temptation to return to your previous activities ahead of schedule or “cheat” on your rehabilitation, especially if you experience significant improvements with the initial treatment. Unfortunately, this often results in a setback that delays your recovery and return to your sport.
When we put together a treatment plan for a sports injury, we do so with the specific needs of the individual in mind, as well as many years of advanced training and experience. Although it may occasionally be frustrating to miss a few games, take a temporary break from the activities you enjoy, or perform your rehab exercises daily, they are an important part of ensuring a full and quick recovery.
Failing to follow specific treatment guidelines in most cases will only lead to a longer recovery, more pain, and a greater risk of chronic problems.
Do not continue to nurse a nagging sports injury. Instead, please contact Dr. Thomas J. Bobrowski and the team at InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry today. You can reach our office in New Bern at (252) 638-4700, or online by completing our contact form.