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Athletic Injuries

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Common Athletic Injuries

Those of us who are active or play a lot of sports know how frequently injuries can occur. You may be highly-trained, or you could be new to the whole exercise thing. Regardless, injuries can happen to anyone and many times, we cannot figure out the source of our pain. Fortunately, there are ways to identify your injuries and figure out the best remedies. Read about some of the most common injuries that our foot doctor in Bolingbrook sees and the best way to recovery and treat them.

Sprains and Strains

Among them all, sprains and strains are the most common sports injuries. Sprains occur when a ligament is stretched past its limit. The result of this is a deform or tear. Strain injuries, or pulled muscles, are injuries to muscle fibers or tendons—those responsible for anchoring muscle bones. If you have either of these injuries, rest the injured area and ice it when necessary. You can do your best to prevent sprains and strains by starting workouts with a gentle warm-up and start off light for the first few weeks of exercise.

Hip Flexor

If you are overdoing it at the gym, or on the sports field, it’s possible you may strain your hip flexors. If you have cramping or pain in your upper leg, muscle spasms in the hips or thighs, or swelling and/or bruising around the hip or thigh area, you may have a hip flexor strain. The best way to prevent hip flexor strains is to do the correct stretches before any activity. However, when a hip flexor strain happens, make sure you are resting and icing the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time for the first 2 days. Additionally, try out so hip-strengthening exercises to get back your range of motion.

Shin Splints

Shin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, is stress on your shinbone and the connective tissues that attach muscles to your bones. If your shins are throbbing after you run, or sometimes from something as calm as a light walk, you may be suffering from shin splints. Flat feet, ill-fitting shoes, working out without a warm-up or cooldown: these all probable causes of shin splints.

Even though this injury can heal on its own, it’s important to take precautions. Rest your body when the pain becomes constant, and ice your shins 20-30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for three days. You can also use insoles or orthotics for your shoes if you know you have flat feet. Shin splints come from different things and heal at different rates. Make sure you monitor your pain and stop working out if necessary.

These injuries are by no means an exhaustive list. There are many other athletic injuries that you may experience. Should you feel any of these happen to you, contact your foot doctor in Bolingbrook today to schedule an appointment.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association