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About Sports Injuries

Sports related injuries are very common amongst adolescents and young individuals; however, they occur in all ages. If not treated appropriately, long lasting affects can develop including arthritis, pain, swelling, and difficulty walking and running over time. Probably the most common sports injuries involving the foot and ankle are sprains and fractures.

Sports Injuries

Turf toe or sprains of the great toe joint are common injuries sustained while running and pivoting off of the great toe. The toe is hyper extended leading to ligament damage and instability to the toe. Individuals experiencing these injuries have a difficult time running and pushing off their foot without experiencing pain and weakness. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, and protective shoes can help aid in the recovery from an injury like this. Additionally, custom orthotics that can help to limit the motion at the great toe joint can also help reduce the pain associated with a turf toe type injury.

Ankle sprains are very common as the foot rapidly inverts or twist inwards toward the body, resulting in instant pain, swelling, and an inability to continue with activities. The typical ankle sprain involves the rupture of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The ligaments are important for maintaining strength and stability to the ankle and these physical abilities are altered after such injury. If the force of the sprain is so great, an ankle fracture can occur, which involves not only ligamentous damage, but also broken bones of the two leg bones; the tibia and the fibula.

Treatment for an ankle sprain includes rest, ices, elevation and weight bearing as tolerated on the foot. If there is indeed fracture or severe pain that does not improve, complete non-weight bearing may be instituted in a protective cast or boot. Surgery is an option if there is significant displacement of the bones or instability to the ankle after a bad sprain.

Other common sports related injuries include tendon ruptures, tendon tears, general tendonitis, and stress fractures. These can sometimes be treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories, and even cortisone injections; however, protective braces such as an ankle brace or foot orthosis may be important to stabilize and protect your foot in cases of stress fractures or severe tendon damage.

In some cases it may be required to obtain further studies such as an MRI or CT scan to further evaluate the integrity of the bones or soft tissue. If it has been determined that there is a tendon tear or rupture, as is the case many times with the Achilles tendon, surgical options are available to help facilitate patient healing.

If sports injuries are overlooked, or if treatment is postponed, long-term damage can result, including weakness and instability, arthritis, cartilage damage, and long-term pain. This can alter your ability to walk or run normal or without pain. If you have experienced a traumatic injury, secondary to a sporting activity, call today to see one of our specialists.

Jenna Kemp
Jenna Kemp
2023-12-12
I've posted a review a few times and can't seem to find them! Dr. Monaco is by far the best podiatrist there is! I had been seeing another podiatrist in Columbus, who'd done 3 surgeries, all 3 messing my foot up worse, with the 3rd one leaving my first and second toes in the shape of a peace sign! I was constantly told by the previous podiatrist that everything was fine and lined up the way it was supposed to be. I had my first surgery with Dr. Monaco in August and it was the best decision I've made! She is by far the best! Truly compassionate about what she does! Very knowledgeable! Truly cares about her patients! If you're in need of a podiatrist give Dr. Monaco q call! ❤️
James Tully
James Tully
2023-11-21
Very pleasant staff, great doctor.
Charlotte Carter
Charlotte Carter
2023-11-17
Very competent and comfortable doctor ! The staff is friendly and helpful ! Best Podiatrist I've ever been to !
Christopher G
Christopher G
2023-10-31
I was very impressed with Dr. Monaco this was my first visit. All the office staff was so nice as well as my nurse. I had came to Dr Monaco after being very unhappy with the prior Dr I had seen for my ankle injury. Dr. Monaco was very through with her exam and I think I finally got a good idea of what my issue is. Although I do need some further imaging test. Overall I am so glad I decided to see her, I didn't feel rushed at all and she answered all my questions. I'm sure I will have several more visits with her and overall I am well pleased. I highly recommend her to anyone who's having any foot or ankle issues.
George Rindfleisch
George Rindfleisch
2022-10-24
A very positive experience. To be seen by a qualified professional who gets to the heart of your problem quickly and in a friendly manner is always a plus in my book.
BRYAN CARROLL
BRYAN CARROLL
2022-10-24
Dr. D’Amico is always a pleasure to see. She is a blessing. Thank you Dr. D.
J Marie
J Marie
2022-09-15
Staff promot and cordial. Provider took time to explain details of what I was there for and very pleasant to speak with.

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