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Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries services offered in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, TX

Sports injuries can take a toll on your performance and sideline you from your favorite activities. At Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, in Austin and Bee Cave, Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Pedro E. Cosculluela, MD can help you get back on your feet and back in the game with personalized care for sports injuries. Call your nearest location today or schedule an appointment online to get the care you need.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries occur during exercise or physical activity. They can happen during any activity but are most common  if you participate in high-impact sports, such as basketball, football, and soccer. 

Sports that involve running are particularly dangerous for your lower legs, feet, and ankles. Injuries to these areas can lead to significant pain, swelling, and difficulty moving.

Dr. Cosculluela can provide comprehensive care for a wide range of sports injuries at Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, helping athletes of all levels get back to their activities safely and quickly.

What are the most common sports injuries?

Many sports injuries can affect the feet and ankles, but the most common are:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis affects the thick band of tissue that runs from the bottom of the toes to the heel. When the plantar fascia is inflamed, it can cause pain and stiffness in the heel and arch of the foot. Repetitive stress from weight-bearing activities, such as running, is the leading cause of this condition.

Achilles tendonitis

This condition inflames the Achilles tendon. It is the largest tendon in your body and connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. Achilles tendonitis causes pain, stiffness, and weakness in the ankle and foot.

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains tear or overstretch the ligaments that support the ankle joint. Twisting or turning suddenly can sprain the ankle, causing pain, stiffness, and difficulty bearing weight. Dr. Cosculluela classifies ankle sprains in four grades, and a thorough evaluation is essential to determine the severity of your injury.

Stress fractures

Stress fractures are small cracks in the foot or ankle bones. They’re usually the result of repetitive stress and can cause pain and discomfort during physical activities.

How are sports injuries diagnosed?

After reviewing your medical and family history, your doctor performs a physical exam to check for signs of inflammation, pain, and tenderness. They may evaluate your gait, range of motion, and strength. Finally, they orders imaging tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bone scans, and ultrasounds.

What are the treatment options for sports injuries?

Dr. Cosculluela offers a wide range of treatments for sports injuries, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Antiinflammatory pain relievers
  • Immobilization (bracing, splinting, or casting)
  • Orthopedic surgery

Don't let sports injuries keep you from doing what you love. Call Austin Foot & Ankle Institute today or schedule an appointment online to treat, manage, and prevent sports injuries.

In addition to performing a thorough history and physical examination, we will obtain new radiographs of the foot and/or ankle during your visit. If radiographs have already been done, our physicians will review those radiographs and any additional studies - MRI, CT, bone scans, etc - that are available through our PACS access to local facilities. We also offer durable medical equipment - braces, boots, OTC casts - at the office. We have relationships with local orthotic and prosthetic shops for those who need more specialized bracing and orthotic care. Additional services include diagnostic and therapeutic injections with steroids, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and other stem cell preparations.