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Are foot related sports injuries serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Most foot related sports injuries are minor and can be treated at home through RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation, coupled with some nonseroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling. However, there can be more serious cases of foot related sports injuries. These are not life-threatening, but can be severe enough to require a cast, boot, or surgery.

Aaron Nelson
Sports Medicine
Foot related sports injuries can range from mild to severe. As an example, plantar fasciitis can be very painful and become bad enough for surgical intervention, but if addressed and treated early, you can continue to play sports. A common sports injury to the foot is a fracture of the 5th metatarsal. This is either addressed non-surgically with a boot and rest or with surgery in which a screw will be used to hold the bone together. Either one of these treatment options can keep you out of sports for as long as 12 weeks. Other minor issues can be sprains, strains, neuromas, blisters or tinea pedis(fungus). By treating these type of injuries early, you can help yourself avoid long term(chronic) issues which can keep you out of sports for a long time. Another way foot related sports injuries can be harmful is due to compensation. You can develop secondary problems such as knee tendonitis or low back pain because you change the way you move to take stress off of the sore foot.

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