The crack of the bat on a baseball, the thwack of the racquet on tennis ball, the pop of the starting gun at track events—these are the sounds thousands of Metro Phoenix high schoolers love every year as the spring season gets underway. What you don’t want to hear is the crack of a bone fracturing, the thwack of a foot slamming into second base, or the pop as an Achilles tendon ruptures. Unfortunately though, ankle injuries in spring sports are quite common.
Here are a few things that can go wrong with your ankles when you are active:
- “Road” rashes and cuts on unprotected ankle skin (wear socks!)
- Bruises from impact with objects or other players (some can’t be avoided)
- Achilles tendinitis from overuse (yes—it helps to stretch)
- Ankle sprains from all the twisting, turning, and side to side movements (tennis, anyone?)
- PTTD—posterior tibial tendon dysfunction—when the tendon doesn’t support the arch, the ankle can tilt (easier to sprain) and the arch collapse (flat foot problems).
- Fractures—either a stress fracture from overuse or a full break from a hard impact (think pain and weeks of staying off your ankle)
Fortunately, if you experience an injury to your ankle in the greater Phoenix area, you can find excellent diagnosis and treatment capability at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona.
If your injury can be handled conservatively without surgery, we will do that. Treatment can include anything from rest, pain medication, physical therapy, and immobilization to advanced technologies like PRP injections, shockwave treatments, and laser therapy.
If surgery is needed, we can do that, too. Our staff are expert surgeons and can repair ruptured tendons, realign and pin broken bones, and reconstruct arches that have collapsed. We’ll let you know whether surgery is needed for the best outcome, and walk you through each step—including your recovery.When you injure your ankle, call our office in Gilbert, AZ at (480) 981-1800 or in Chandler at (480) 963-9000 and get the help you need, or communicate with us online today. Heal properly now, so you can enjoy many more years of spring sports.