Sports Injuries

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries take millions of Americans out of the game each year, but you don’t have to suffer. At Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, experienced podiatrist Joseph Domenico, DPM, and his team specialize in treating sports injuries quickly. They use a minimally invasive, patient-centered treatment approach to manage various sports injuries, including fractures, sprains, and tendonitis. Call Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle today to schedule sports injury treatment, or book your appointment online.

Sports Injuries Q & A

Why are foot and ankle-related sports injuries so common?

Your feet are complex structures with bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These tissues support your upper body and assist with movement. They’re tough and durable, but age and general wear-and-tear increase the risk of injury. 

Injuries also are more likely if you run, play sports, or lead an active lifestyle. Fortunately, a variety of treatments can relieve pain and encourage the natural healing process, so you can get back to your routine. 

What sports injuries affect the feet and ankles?

The Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle team treats various sports injuries that affect the feet and ankles, including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Fractures
  • Dislocated joints
  • Osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis)
  • Turf toe
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bunions
  • Heel spurs

Sometimes, structural abnormalities like flat feet and high arches increase the risk of sports injuries.

How does a podiatrist diagnose sports injuries?

Your Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle provider asks about your injury, including what you were doing when it happened, where you’re feeling the pain, and whether it extends into other areas, such as your lower leg.

Your provider examines the affected area of your foot or ankle, looking for bruising, redness, and swelling. They test your tendon reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion, and gently press on the area to pinpoint sensitive spots. 

Some injuries, like sprains, can be diagnosed with a visual exam. But if your provider suspects an underlying problem, like a stress fracture or arthritis, they order X-rays to see your bones and joints. 

How does a podiatrist treat sports injuries?

The Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle team treats sports injuries using a conservative, patient-centered approach. They might suggest:

  • Custom orthotics (prescription shoe inserts)
  • RICE protocol: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Immobilization with a cast, walking boot, or splint
  • Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes
  • Changing your exercise routine
  • Making adjustments to your workout regimen

Most sports injuries begin healing with one or more of these treatments, but if you have a more severe injury, like a complex fracture, foot and ankle surgery might be necessary. The team offers minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, which brings several benefits, including smaller incisions and a reduced risk of infection.

Don’t let sports injuries keep you from an active lifestyle. Schedule treatment at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle today by calling the office, or book your appointment online.