• The Connection Between Ankle Pain and Winter Sports

    Skiing, skating, and snowboarding are all popular winter sports that can be fairly rough on the body when it comes to orthopaedic injuries. Head protection is often emphasized with winter sports, but foot and ankle injuries are also likely. While ankle sprains and minor fractures are not typically serious injuries, they can result in long-term instability and recurring injuries if they are not met with proper care. Under the care of Dr. Joe George at MK Orthopaedics, you can find the right treatment for ankle pain that arises during winter sports so that you are not left suffering from chronic pain later on.

    Common winter sports injuries

    The two most common injuries seen among winter athletes and weekend warriors alike are ankle sprains and talus fractures. Ankle sprains are soft-tissue injuries, though their symptoms can be the same as ankle fractures, so you should have any ankle injury evaluated by an orthopaedic physician. Talus fractures affect the bone in the back of the foot, and they are caused by rolling of the ankle under the foot or bending of the foot toward the leg.

    Winter sport injury prevention

    As you gear up for a ski trip, you should make sure that you have well-fitted boots designed for the sport. Snowboarders should wear stiff boots that reduce ankle motion, because rolling of the ankle is likely to occur during a fall.

    Treatment for ankle injuries

    If you are struggling with ankle pain after hitting the slopes, you should not hesitate to see a doctor to assess your injury. You will want to keep weight off the affected ankle, and you might need to wear a boot to stabilize a severe sprain. Fractures might require surgical care and casting to promote proper healing without long-term side effects.

    To explore the rehabilitative foot and ankle care offered at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, call us at (815) 741-6900. Our podiatric surgeons specialize in ankle joint replacement and reconstruction as well as sports medicine to ensure comprehensive care for any winter injuries.