Your feet and ankles play a key role in running and jumping, making them prone to many types of sports injuries. Orthopedic surgeon Lanny Rudner, MD, utilizes the most cutting-edge treatments for sports injuries at his practice serving the greater Los Angeles area, Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists in Beverly Hills, California. If you want the best possible outcome from a sports injury, call Dr. Rudner’s office or book an appointment online today.
A sports injury results from exercise or physical activity. Though these injuries are common among people who play sports such as soccer or basketball, you can also get a sports injury from something as simple as running down the street to catch a bus.
Some sports injuries result from a specific accident, such as a fall or collision. Other times, injuries appear gradually and get worse over time.
Dr. Rudner has specialized training in treating the full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries. Some of the most common sports injuries he treats include:
This condition causes pain and stiffness that runs along the back of your ankle into your lower leg muscles. Achilles tendinitis develops from repetitive motions, such as running, that cause small tears in your Achilles tendon. Without treatment, Achilles tendinitis can develop into a long-term condition.
This foot injury is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament at the bottom of your foot that may become irritated and inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is also common in runners and usually develops gradually.
This injury is the most common foot & ankle sports injury and moreover, is the most commonly occurring musculoskeletal injury. The sprain occurs when the strong ligaments that support the ankle stretch past their load-bearing limits and tear. Depending upon the ligamental damage, the range of ankle sprain can vary from mild to severe. Although mild sprains can be treated at home, if you have trouble walking and have a swollen ankle, contact Dr. Lanny Rudner immediately as long-term injury can lead to chronic problems like arthritis and ongoing instability.
Fractures, or broken bones, often occur after an acute accident, such as a fall. However, stress fractures, or very thin cracks in the bone, may develop from overuse. The symptoms of a foot or ankle fracture may resemble an ankle sprain, which is another common sports injury.
Dr. Rudner begins by performing a comprehensive physical exam and reviewing your medical history. He asks about your symptoms and how the injury occurred. In addition to carefully examining your foot and ankle, he may take an X-ray or MRI to evaluate your condition.
Once he diagnoses your sports injury, Dr. Rudner develops a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. He’s highly trained in the most advanced methods available in modern medicine. If your sports injury requires surgery, Dr. Rudner uses minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques whenever possible.
For the highest-quality care if you’re in the greater Los Angeles area, call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.