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Ankle and Foot Injuries in Snowboarding

Snowboarding can be dangerous, and injuries are common for those who participate in this sport. While there are ways to prevent such injuries, there are no guarantees that they will not happen. In snowboarding, it is possible to roll an ankle or twist a foot in a way that leads to mild or severe injuries. A sprained ankle is a frequent injury in this sport. It can result from landing awkwardly on the board or wearing boots that do not fit as well as they should. It can also happen as part of a knee injury. Sprained or bruised heels can also happen in snowboarding. For example, a bruised heel can occur when one goes off of a jump and lands hard. Snowboarding within one’s ability can help prevent ankle and foot injuries. Wearing properly fitting boots is also suggested to limit risk of injuries. If you have hurt your feet or ankles while snowboarding, see a podiatrist as soon as you can for diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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