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Is there a cure for foot related sports injuries?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There is not a cure specifically for foot-related sports injuries, but many heal on their own, and medications can be used to help relieve symptoms. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help reduce the pain and swelling, but they will not cure the injury. Surgery may be required to fix certain foot-related sports injuries, such as a broken foot, but it is not a sudden cure: healing and rehabilitation time will likely still be necessary.

The key word here is "prevention". In order to avoid foot/ankle related injuries you must increase the flexibility within your ankle musculture such as your calf muscles and hamstrings. You can use static stretching( prolonged stretching for 30 seconds on each muscle group) or you can use a foam roller to induce self myofacial release to the calves, lateral ankle muscles and hamstrings. Strengthening your hips, middle hamstrings and shin muscles will help you avoid some unpleasant foot/ankle injuries in the future.  If you do get a foot/ankle injury; using ice and compression(for approximately 10 minutes on 10 minutes off), elevating your ankle (about heart level), & decreasing running/ hard impact activity will help. If the injury does not improve within a couple of days, go to your physician for a complete medical examination.
Nadia F. Levy, DPM
Podiatric Medicine

Unfortunately, other than relieving symptoms the cure quite simply is often rest followed by prevention of recurrence.  

That said, there are things you can do to speed up recovery including bone stimulators, physical therapy and surgery, when indicated.  Also there are newer therapies that are often safe and effective ways to help speed up recovery.  Platelet-rich plasma injections, prolotherapy, laser therapy and Extracorporal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT®) are popular with high level atheletes in order to get them back to their sports quicker.

Once you have a sports-related foot injury it is key to evaluate why it happened so that it does not happen again.  If it is a biomechanical issue, then you may need orthotics (inserts for your shoes) or may simply need to change your shoes.  Often curing an injury involves stretching and strengthening to make up for the deficiencies that led to the injury.  

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