Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get in shape and shed those extra inches? Each year this resolution spikes at gyms, draws runners, walkers, and bikers to the roads and trails. “No pain, no gain” may be a motto for most workouts, but “too much too soon” can lead to unwanted pains such as foot and ankle injuries, thus sabotaging your fitness goals.
One of the most common sports injuries is a sprained ankle. If you sprain your ankle, don’t “play through the pain.” Proper treatment and rehabilitation of ankle sprains is crucial to ensure adequate healing. If you avoid seeking treatment for the injury, not only can you cause further damage to the tensions in your ankle, but you could b overlooking more serious injuries.
A stress fracture may feel like an ankle sprain at first, but you may notice some additional warning signs such as swelling without bruising, and pain even during normal activities. Seek treatment as soon as possible if you experience pain and swelling, and don’t “walk it off.”
If you finish your workout and experience any pain or swelling around your achilles tendon, seek treatment right away. These could be indications of achilles tendonitis. If left untreated, a stretched or strained achilles tendon may worsen over time leading to stiffness and fatigue in your injured leg. Worse yet, untreated achilles tendonitis could result in a ruptured tendon resulting in surgery and a lengthy rehab.
Another common “overuse” injury is heel pain. If you have heel pain that lasts for days, or hurts when standing after sitting you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a thick ligament on the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. Contrary to popular belief, one may or may not have a heel spur, but hell spurs don’t cause heel pain. The longer the condition is present, the harder it is to treat and get better. Plantar fasciitis can usually successfully be treated without surgery.
If you’ve injured your foot and ankle, during a workout, don’t ignore the pain, because if untreated, it could result in more down time from your workouts.