Healing From Sports Injuries

Spring sports are in full swing and with that comes accidents and injuries. Our lower extremity remains one of the top areas of the body that we’re likely to injure while participating in physical activities. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can recover from your injury. The first step is to call your podiatrist for a checkup! Below are some common treatments your podiatrist will likely recommend.

Plantar Fasciitis

An inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.

  • Steroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound to remove scar tissue.
  • Surgery, if necessary

Heel Spurs

A bony growth that develops around the heel bone, often caused by ill-fitting shoes, and sometimes causing pain.

  • Custom orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Night splints
  • Surgery to remove the spur or loosen the plantar fascia.

Shin Splints

Pain is caused by overuse along the shinbone, the large front bone in the lower leg.

  • Rest and elevate your leg.
  • Apply ice.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Compression socks
  • Custom orthotics or insoles

Ankle Strains and Sprains

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an uncomfortable way.

  • I.C.E
  • Reduce or stop your sports participation until you heal.
  • Wrap your ankle for extra support.

Achilles Tendonitis

An injury of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Gently massage the tendon area
  • Ice your foot
  • Wear a brace.
  • Surgery, if necessary


A neuroma is a benign tumor of nerve tissue, often called a “pinched nerve.”

  • Use footpads or soft orthotics to relieve pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery, if necessary

Have a painful sports injury? Call our office today. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.

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