Foot Health Facts for Athletes

Ankle Sprains—These are one of the most common sports injuries. Prompt evaluation and treatment by a foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Syamak Yamini in Encino and Los Angeles CA is important because sometimes that “sprain” is actually an ankle fracture and treatment for these two conditions are very different. A critical component to recover is proper rehabilitation. An ankle that has not been properly healed and strengthened is more likely to suffer repeated sprains, leading to ankle instability. 

Heel pain—This condition is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, although other things, such as stress fractures or nerve injuries, can be to blame. While faulty foot structure is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, it can also result from wearing shoes that are worn out or are not designed for the sport in which you’re participating. Proper stretching of the Achilles tendon stretched can help get rid of this pain, but continued pain should be checked out to rule out a fracture or other cause.  Dr. Syamak Yamini in Encino and Los Angeles CA, can help with heel pain. 

Stress Fracture—This is an incomplete break in a bone often due to repetitive activity on a bone. Stress fractures tend to occur when you start a new exercise regimen or get back to an old one after taking time off. Many factors such as the frequency and duration of activity, faulty foot structure, poor footwear and type of surface can contribute to the development of a stress fracture. Pain, bruising and redness can all present when this occurs, and rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE) protocol should be started followed by a visit with Dr. Syamak Yamini in Encino and Los Angeles, CA. 



Syamak Yamini, DPM FACFAS Board Certified Foot and Ankle surgeon based in Porter Ranch, Encino, and Los Angeles

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