Sports are a great source of entertainment and exercise. They keep people in shape, support communication and teamwork, and allow for a community to come together. Sports are an integral part of life and many people partake in them on a daily basis. Even more people dream of becoming professional athletes or coaching different teams. Sports can be very fun but they can also be very dangerous. Athletes should take proper precautions when partaking in their sport of choice so that they do not over exert and harm themselves. Proper gear should be used and checked regularly. Unfortunately, even with careful planning and consideration, people and athletes alike still suffer from sports injuries. Here are some basic triage tips to get you through until you can see your podiatrist.

First of all, never try to walk off the pain and get back on the field. If you feel pain you should stop playing the sport or stop exercising immediately. If you continue to play or exercise while injured it could cause a lot more harm than good and even result in a longer recuperation time. Some injuries need to be seen by a doctor immediately while others can be treated on your own.

Call a doctor if any of the following apply:

  • The injury causes severe swelling, numbness or pain
  • You cannot bear any weight on the area
  • An old injury starts to hurt again
  • An old injury swells
  • The joint feels unstable or abnormal

If you do not have any of the signs listed above, it may be safe to treat your injury at home. If symptoms persist or get worse, you should call your doctor immediately. While waiting for an appointment try the RICE method.

Rest- rest the injury. Take weight off of it so that the pain and injury does not worsen.

Ice- use ice for 20-minute intervals up to 8 times a day. This will help reduce pain and swelling.

Compression- use ace bandages, an air cast or splint to compress the injury to help reduce swelling and movement.

Elevate- elevate the injured foot or ankle to reduce swelling. Prop it on a pillow as you lay in bed or on the couch.

If you are suffering from a sports injury and need to see a podiatrist, look no further. James C. Ricketti, DPM, located in Hamilton, NJ can help. Dr. Stephen J. Skokan and Dr. James C. Ricketti are both highly trained podiatrists with vast experiences with sports injuries. Call 609-587-167 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are important to us.


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