What is a Podiatrist?

Feet and ankles are real superstars for your body. Every day, they provide you with the support you need to go about your business. Foot and ankle injuries or conditions can take this freedom away and leave you with pain and other negative effects. Fortunately, a podiatrist can help.

A podiatrist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats feet, ankles, and other related areas. These doctors complete training in podiatric medicine so that they know the ins and outs of your feet and ankles and can help you recover from injuries, infections, and other issues while helping you stay a step ahead of other problems through preventative measures.

Image of a podiatrist. Learn about what a podiatrist does.

The Dangers of Ankle Injuries

As long as you have a foot, you can hurt your ankle. While many ankle injuries occur during athletic activities, all it takes is an awkward landing or a quick twist to hurt your ankle. Sprains, strains, and fractures can happen to anyone, so it’s important to know about the dangers of ankle injuries and what you can do to prevent them.

Dr. Elizabeth Confalone discusses the importance of ankle injuries and what you can do to avoid them. Image of an ankle injury. Learn about the dangers of ankle sprains, strains, and fractures.

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.