Charlotte Bobcats’ center Al Jefferson suffered a foot injury during the first quarter of Game 1 against the Miami Heat. He came off the court briefly after hearing something rip, but took painkiller injections and finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Twitter circulated news of the injury: Jefferson clarified: he needed two painkiller shots to continue to play today. Then added: “I don’t like needles.”
Doctors say Jefferson strained his plantar fascia, which in non-technical terms is a mild tear to the connective tissue that runs along the base of the foot. This is generally an incredibly painful injury, and had visible impact on Jefferson’s performance. Miami ended up with a 99-88 win.
Playing sports with foot and ankle injuries often worsens the damage to your lower extremity. For injuries acquired on the field or court, seek medical attention from a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel, D.P.M., of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel will assess your condition and give you the care that you need.
Playing Sports with Foot Injuries
Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:
- Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
- Stress Fractures
- Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
- Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.
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