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Sports Injuries Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Sports injuries often affect feet, ankles, or both. If you experience a sports injury like an ankle sprain, Achilles tendon rupture, or plantar fasciitis, a fast response is the best way to prevent long-term damage. At Arcadia Foot and Ankle, in two offices in Scottsdale and additional locations in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona, the skillful podiatrists offer compassionate care for all types of sports injuries. Get on the fast track to sports injury recovery by calling the office nearest you or using online booking now.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What sports injuries occur in the feet and ankles?

Some of the most common sports injuries affect the feet and ankles. Some of the many foot and ankle sports injuries that the Arcadia Foot and Ankle team treats include: 

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis strikes the Achilles tendon in your lower leg and ankle. Overuse often leads to this type of injury. Pain may be in the back of the heel or at the point where the tendon moves into your heel. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition affecting the plantar fascia, the band of weblike connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. Inflammation in this tissue causes severe heel pain. Sudden changes in activity, like running longer distances, cause the stress that leads to plantar fasciitis.

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains involve the ligaments in your inner or outer ankle. This injury occurs when you twist your foot, so its severity can depend on how harsh the movement was. Mild sprains involve ligament stretching, while severe strains usually involve a ligament tear. 

Stress fractures

Stress fractures happen when repetitive impact weakens a bone until it cracks. This kind of sports injury often occurs in gymnasts, basketball players, dancers, and others who put significant stress on their feet.  

Athletes are often prone to other foot and ankle conditions, which aren’t technically injuries, such as athlete’s foot, bunions, and bone spurs. 

What should I do after I’m injured? 

No matter what kind of injury you have, take it seriously. Stop exercising — and get off your feet completely if possible. Immediately start the RICE protocol, which refers to rest, ice, compression with a light elastic bandage, and elevation. 

If your sports injury occurs in your feet or ankles, the Arcadia Foot and Ankle podiatrists can treat it. Call the office in your area immediately, and a team member can create room in the schedule for you promptly. 

What is the best treatment for a sports injury?

The Arcadia Foot and Ankle specialists create a multipart treatment plan designed to get you back on your feet. Commonly, treatment plans include at least a few of the following. 

  • Oral or topical medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or taping
  • Custom orthotics
  • Extracorporeal Pulse-Activated Technology (EPAT®) 
  • Injections

In very serious sports injuries, like Achilles tendon rupture, you could need surgery. The Arcadia Foot and Ankle podiatrists are highly experienced surgeons who often use advanced minimally invasive techniques to repair sports injuries. 

Do you need sports injury care in Arizona? You can stay on your feet with help from the Arcadia Foot and Ankle team. Call the office nearest you or book online now.