There are few sports that don’t rely on your feet and ankles, so when injury strikes, it’s a game-changer. Karyn Goldberg, DPM, of Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC, understands the unique stresses that sports place on your feet and ankles and works with you to get you back in the game as quickly as possible. If you’ve suffered a sports injury and you’re in the Livingston, New Jersey, area, call to schedule an appointment.
Whether you play tennis on the weekends or you’re a daily runner, your feet and ankles play no small role in your sport or activity of choice. When injury strikes either of these areas, it’s usually a debilitating event, at least temporarily.
The most common injuries that affect your feet and ankles include:
While this list is by no means comprehensive, it gives you an idea of the scope of problems that can affect an athlete’s feet and ankles.
If you’ve injured your foot playing sports, the first thing you should do is apply the RICE method, which is:
These measures are most beneficial during the first 24 hours after your injury and will help soothe any swelling and relieve your pain.
If your injury hasn’t improved after 24 hours, or become worse, it’s time to make an appointment at Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC.
It should be noted that if you’re in considerable pain from the start and there’s an obvious break or sprain, you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Still apply the RICE method until you get in to see Dr. Goldberg, who makes every effort to accommodate a same-day appointment.
The treatment for your sports injury greatly depends upon the nature of your condition. The first steps Dr. Goldberg takes are to review your symptoms, perform a physical evaluation, and order advanced imaging so she can get a better idea about what’s going on around and inside your injured area.
Based on the information she gathers, she comes up with a diagnosis and tailors a treatment plan to your unique situation, which may include one or more of the following:
Again, your treatment depends upon your injury, but, rest assured, Dr. Goldberg works to first relieve your discomfort and then find a comprehensive treatment plan that will have you back up on your feet and in the game as quickly as possible.
For expert sports injury care, call Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC to request an appointment.