Sports Injuries Specialist

Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Normal, IL & Pontiac, IL

Every year, about 8.6 million Americans visit hospital emergency rooms with sports injuries. Many of those are foot injuries. Without proper treatment, a foot injury sustained during exercise or a sporting event can affect your mobility and keep you from your favorite activities. At Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic, Craig Cortese, DPM, FACFAS, Steve Yeschek, DPM, and Carl Cortese, BS, DPM, FACFAS, proudly offer a wide range of treatments for foot injuries suffered while playing sports. If you dream of returning to the court or the playing field, request an appointment today by calling either office in Normal and Pontiac, Illinois, or using the online scheduling tool.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries that can affect the feet?

Sports injuries refer to any injury sustained while exercising or playing a sport. Anyone can suffer a sports injury, but they’re particularly common among children and teenagers.

At Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic, the team regularly diagnoses and treats a variety of sports injuries affecting the feet, including:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Foot sprains
  • Heel spurs
  • Heel pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Turf toe

The team also treats foot deformities that are commonly irritated by physical activity, including bunions, flat feet, and hammertoes.

If I suffer a sports injury to my foot, what should I do?

If you suffer an injury to your foot while playing sports, it’s important to stay calm. Call the team at Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic and explain what happened.

Describe as best you can your foot injury and how you got it. The team will make every effort to get you in for an appointment that same day.

How is a sports injury to my foot diagnosed?

To diagnose the injury, your Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic provider examines your foot and reviews your medical history.

They ask you about how you were injured and what you noticed during and just after the injury. They might have you describe the pain you felt and ask whether you heard any cracking or snapping sounds at the time of the injury.

Your provider might ask you to attempt to walk around the exam room to determine how severe your injury is. They may order diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, to examine the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet.

How are sports injuries treated?

Treatment for sports-related foot injuries depends on what kind of injury you suffered and its severity. The team at Cortese Foot & Ankle Clinic usually recommends conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation to being with. A more serious injury might require the use of a splint, cast, or custom-made orthotics.

If your injury doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, your podiatrist will likely suggest surgery and physical therapy. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to ease your pain, promote healing, and get you back on your feet.