Three Common Sports Injuries & How to Treat Them

Tell the truth: Do you always warm-up before working out? 

If not, you could be setting yourself up for an injury. Not all injuries can be prevented, but a warm-up helps get blood flowing to your muscles, increases flexibility, and reduces your risk of muscle strain and injury. 

Injuries can occur when your body isn’t ready (or conditioned) for an activity, like when you start an activity with “cold” muscles or compete in a game of flag football for the first time in months. 

Athletes and weekend warriors alike are equally susceptible to sports injuries. That’s why we are sharing a list of three of the most common sports injuries and helpful treatment tips. 

3 Common Sports Injuries and Treatment Tips 

Ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis are some of the most common sports injuries. Make an appointment with your podiatrist to get treatment. Image of man with ankle brace and crutches.

1. Plantar Fasciitis 

What It Is

One of the most common causes of heel pain. The tendon along the arch of your foot (plantar fascia) is stretched irregularly which causes small tears and inflammation. 


An Exercise Prescription

Does the thought of exercise conjure up images of sweat, tears, and torture machinery?

Have you wondered why there is so much fuss about the health benefits of exercise? 

Here are some facts and tips to show you how easy and rewarding a new exercise program can be.

image of women in spinning class exercising. Learn more about how easy it can be to stay healthy with regular exercise

Exercise Doesn't Need To Be Time Consuming

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that you exercise for just 30 minutes 5 times a week. This does not have to be done on a routine, but most people will find it easier to stick with a program if it is written on their calendar.


Skin Cancer and Sun Protection for Women

Everyone is at risk for skin cancer. One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. Many skin cancers are increasing in incidence for our population. In particular, the incidence of Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, has doubled in women aged 15-39 from 1973 to 2004. 

Dr. Henry of Westshore Primary care shares skin cancer prevention tips. Learn more. Image of woman wearing a wide brimmed hat, licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

Indoor Tanning & Melanoma

Indoor ultraviolet tanners are 69 percent more likely to develop Melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. Exposure to ultraviolet light, from the sun and indoor tanning beds, is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Both UVA (Ultraviolet A) and UVB (Ultraviolet B) radiation from the sun contribute to increased risk of skin cancer. 

How do UVB & UVA radiation affect my skin? 

  • UVB is the primary cause of sunburn. 
  • UVA prematurely ages the skin, causes wrinkles and dark pigmentation or age spots.

Eat Healthy & Get Active: September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Did you know that over the past three decades childhood obesity rates in America have tripled?

1 in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. So in honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we encourage you and your family to make healthy changes together. 

September is national childhood obesity awareness month. Westshore Primary Care encourages you to make healthy changes for you and your family. Learn more. Image of family shopping for fruit. Licensed CC BY 2.0

How is childhood obesity measured?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), body mass index (BMI) is a measure used to screen for childhood weight and obesity. 

A child’s weight status is determined using an age-and sex-specific percentile for BMI.