As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, the spring and summer sports seasons end and fall and winter sports seasons begin. Whether you're a dedicated athlete or just enjoy some friendly competition, fall and winter sports offer a variety of exciting activities. Unfortunately, these activities also come with the risk of foot injuries.
Our experienced Massapequa sports injury podiatrists, Dr. Fox and Dr. LoBello, are part of your team. We enjoy fall and winter sports activities in our free time and want to get you back to the activities you enjoy as soon as possible.
Fall and Winter Sports in Massapequa and on Long Island
You may be part of a varsity team at a Long Island high school, join a recreational league, or participate in fall or winter activities on your own. Some common fall and winter sports in our area that could result in foot injuries include:
- Cross-country or long-distance running
- Field hockey
- Ice hockey
- Indoor swimming
- Indoor track
We encourage you to contact us for a diagnosis and treatment plan If you experience any foot pain after participating in these activities.
Foot and Ankle Injuries in Fall and Winter Sports
Fall and winter sports can lead to various injuries. Our experienced Massapequa podiatrists will examine your foot and make an accurate diagnosis. Some common conditions we see in fall and winter athletes are described below.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains can occur when ligaments are stretched or torn, causing pain and swelling. Running, jumping, and quick changes in direction are all essential elements of sports like basketball, soccer, and cheerleading. Quick lateral movements or uneven surfaces on the field can cause ankle sprains, affecting the ligaments supporting your ankle joint.
High-impact sports like football and ice hockey can lead to foot and ankle fractures. A collision or an awkward fall in any sport can result in a broken bone, which may require immediate medical attention.
Long-distance runners in cross country or winter track are at risk of stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bone. These often develop due to overuse and can be painful.
Repetitive movements, typical in sports like cross country and wrestling, can cause inflammation in the tendons. Tendonitis can result in discomfort and reduced mobility in the affected area.
Runners, gymnasts, and other athletes may experience plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation in the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. You may experience heel pain. There are many non-surgical ways to treat plantar fasciitis, and our experienced podiatrists will recommend the right treatment for you based on your age, medical conditions, and other factors.
What to Do if You're Hurt
When you're injured during fall or winter sports, taking the right steps to ensure a swift recovery is crucial.
As soon as you begin to feel foot pain, it's essential to:
- Rest your foot and stop participating in the sport to prevent further injury
- Apply ice
- Wrap the injured area to reduce swelling and provide support
- Elevate your foot or ankle
Get Medical Help
Massapequa Podiatry Associates is here to help you recover from fall or winter sports injuries. Our experienced podiatrists are well-equipped to address a wide range of foot and ankle issues. We can help you by:
- Accurately diagnosing your foot pain
- Developing a customized treatment plan
- Offering preventive care to avoid future foot injuries
Don't let a sports injury sideline you this fall or winter. Whether you're a member of a high school team or a passionate weekend athlete, our dedicated team is ready to help get you back in the game. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and we're committed to helping you enjoy your favorite sports safely.