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Common winter sports injuries – How to treat and prevent them!

 

A lot of different sports are in peak season during winter. However, a lot of injuries can occur more frequently amongst athletes in the winter compared to the summer. In this blog post, I will provide you with some of the more common winter sports injuries and how to treat and prevent them. 

 

Haematomas:

  • Haematomas are a larger collection of blood, usually caused by trauma
  • Haematomas are more likely to occur in winter as most contact sports are in peak season during this time
  • The treatment for haematomas include icing the area as soon as the injury occurs 

Shin splints:

  • Shin splints are caused by repetitive stress on the shinbone and the connective tissues surrounding your shinbone. 
  • It is a multi-factorial pathology which can be a result from overuse, repetitive stress or a sudden increase in activity.
  • The treatment includes icing, resting, stretching/rolling calf muscles

Achilles tendinopathy:

  • Achilles tendinopathy is caused by repetitive or sudden stress to the tendon located at the back of the heel.
  • The treatment includes rest, pain relief, stretching exercises and footwear to reduce stress on the tendon 

Ankle injuries:

  • There are different injuries that can occur at the ankle joint including, a sprain, ligament damage or even a fracture. 
  • The treatment includes rest, icing, compression and also wearing an ankle brace to decrease the movement of that joint. 

Turf Toe:

  • Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint as a result of an injury during sports activities.
  • The treatment includes rest, icing, compression and also wearing stiff soled shoes to decrease the flexion of that joint. 

 

Prevention:

  • Never skip your warm up! Your muscles and heart need to be in good shape before any type of physical activity, let alone an intense wintertime activity. Muscles get tighter when the temperature drops, and your blood vessels contract. As a result, you’re more likely to get exhausted and/or develop an injury
  • If the ground is slippery or uneven, strap up your ankles. In agility based sports, your ankle muscles play a valuable role in stabilising the joints. If you are playing or training on a surface that is wet, slippery and/or uneven, you are more at risk of damaging the ligaments in your ankle. Strapping up your ankle for extra support will decrease this risk. 
  • Wear warm clothing. The warmer your muscles are, the less likely you are to injure yourself. 
  • See a Podiatrist! If you are still concerned about your pain or want to know if you are at risk of any of these injuries, come in for an assessment with any of our qualified Podiatrists. 

 

If you have any concerns regarding a foot concern give us a call on 9553 0044 or book online here. Your Podiatrist will be able to give you the best advice to ensure you give your feet the very best care they deserve.

Foot Podiatry that keeps you grounded!

Written by Georgia Miltiadou – Podiatrist at Foot Centre Group

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