Frequently Asked Questions about Sports Injuries
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What are the best ways to avoid running injuries?
Avoiding common running injuries can be as simple as taking care of your feet and preventing overuse. Building strength, conditioning your body, wearing the right shoes, and adjusting for your biomechanics are all important steps to keeping your lower limbs safe when you run. Strong muscles, bones, and connective tissues are less prone to injuries. Build up strength with exercises and cross-training. Condition your feet to handle hard impacts and improve your time and distance by beginning slow and increasing the challenge over time. Make sure you wear footwear that’s appropriate for your foot shape, running style, and biomechanical needs. If you know you’re prone to overpronation or other issues that could contribute to an injury, you might need special orthotics when you run as well.
Avoiding running injuries really involves taking care of your feet while they are healthy and investigating anything that might be a problem early on. If you’re concerned about your lower limb health when you run, let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you before a problem strikes. Contact our Las Vegas offices today for more information. You can call (702) 839-2010 or use our website to reach us.
What is the difference between a sprain and a fracture?
A sprain and a fracture both cause pain and limit your mobility, but they are not the same injury. A sprain is a sudden overstretching of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint. This happens when something suddenly twists the foot. A fracture is a break in bone tissue. It develops when a sudden force or an impact is greater than the strength of your bone. So while they produce similar symptoms, an ankle sprain and a broken bone affect two different structures in the lower limbs—one soft tissue, the other hard bone. Telling the difference between the two when you’re in pain, though, can be challenging. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may still be able to walk a bit with either problem. A sprain, however, will begin to feel better after a few days of rest and first aid. A broken bone will not improve, and will continue to feel quite uncomfortable. The only sure way to tell, of course, is to have an X-ray to look for cracks in the bone tissue. Absolute Foot Care Specialists will help you diagnose the problem. Just call (702) 839-2010 for an appointment at our Las Vegas offices.
What is the recovery time for an Achilles tendon rupture?
Recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture takes time—several months, in fact. The exact length of time will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the tear, your fitness and health, how quickly you get the condition treated, and whether or not you plan on returning to sports. Most people need anywhere from four to six months for tendon tissues to knit back together and then be properly rehabilitated. People who are trying to get their Achilles back into shape for sports may find their rehabilitation takes longer, however. The key to a speedy recovery is to get immediate treatment and follow all of the home care and therapy instructions. The sooner your Achilles is immobilized and allowed to heal, or is reattached through surgery, the easier it will be for the torn ends to join together. After that, you’ll need to go through rehabilitation to restore strength, flexibility, and endurance to the connector. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you through every step of your recovery. Make an appointment at one of our Las Vegas offices through our website, or by calling (702) 839-2010.