If you’re like the millions of Americans who’ve had a sports related foot injury at some point, you’ll know what we’re talking about. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting an injury playing something you enjoy.
Common Sports Foot Injuries
The most common foot injury by far is the sprained (or rolled) ankle. It accounts for one in six injuries in high school sports. Now usually, they aren’t major as nearly 50% of those are fully healed on their own within a week.
Less than 1% of high school related ankle sprains required surgery.
But it’s still a large enough concern to be addressed.
And there appears to be no difference between genders as boy and girls sprained their ankles at almost equal rates.
Another common injury is a broken bone. Although not as common as a sprained ankle, it can still cause major problems. Especially since the healing time on broken bones is so much longer than sprained muscles.
Preventing Most Major Injuries
There are several competing arguments in this area. Should players wear braces to prevent injury? And if so, how much does it actually help?
Well one study by the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy suggests that ankle braces can in fact reduce the rate athletes (soccer in this study) actually obtain a sprained ankle. That is quite remarkable!
It certainly is bringing up different points as more and more people begin studying this. Take the UW Health department for example here. They did a full study of 50 high schools in Wisconsin to challenge the “ankle brace theory.”
Treating Most Foot Injuries
Treatment for foot injuries varies dramatically depending on what injury you have. Obviously if you know you have a broken bone in your foot, go see the doctor and get and X-ray. The professionals are the only ones who can help in those situations.
For most common ankle sprains, you can do the RICE method for healing. RICE is an acronym stankding for Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate.
This simple method of ankle sprain treatment is most often going to be your best friend. If you have an ankle sprain during sports, remember to leave your shoe ON your foot until you can get ice. The shoe keeps compression on the foot so it doesn’t swell.
Swelling will cause more problems and the ice will minimize swelling. It can also dramatically reduce the healing time if you remember this!
Leaving It Here
So that is a very rough and high level overview of some common foot injuries. We’ll keep adding more to it as we go. Again, we are a new site just looking to get off the ground here. Hope you had fun and keep having more fun!