The summer season has arrived and two things are certain –hot weather is here and summer sports injuries are going to happen! From ankle sprains playing beach volleyball to fractures from skateboard falls, the possibility of getting hurt when playing sports is always present. So, keep these first aid tips handy. After all, you don’t want an injury to keep you from enjoying summer fun!
Fortunately, most minor issues -- like muscle strains, tendinitis, and heel pain from plantar fasciitis -- can all be addressed with R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). Take a break from activities that are causing you pain and allow your body time to heal. Icing the area will help reduce swelling and ease discomfort. If you can, wrap your injury with an elastic bandage to help minimize inflammation. Finally, propping your foot up on some pillows so that it is above your heart will help as well.
Although minor first aid can all be done on your own at home, it’s best to come see us so we can assess your injury and ensure you follow an appropriate treatment plan. Sometimes a break can be mistaken as a sprain, or a muscle tear as a pull. Even a summer sports injury that doesn’t seem like a big deal can turn into one if self-diagnosed or left untreated! For instance, if you try to “walk off” an ankle sprain and it doesn’t heal properly, you increase the risk of more sprains in the future and eventually ankle instability.
We may also discover an underlying reason that is making you prone to injury, such as foot structure or the biomechanics of your foot that might be putting you at risk. In such a case, we can provide orthotics to help prevent further problems.
Other ways you can keep summer sports injuries at bay include making sure you warm up properly, no sudden increases in activity level, using proper equipment (including the right shoes that fit well), staying hydrated, and allowing your body the time it needs to recover, especially if an injury does occur.
So, if you suffer an injury, use the R.I.C.E. method, but also be sure to give us a call to make an appointment! You can reach us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). We’ll make sure to get you back to the summer activities you love as quickly and safely as possible!