North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic frequently works with athletes of all types, from professionals to weekend warriors. Sports activities can often lead to a variety of foot disorders, all of which can be assessed and treated by our staff. Whether your sport is hockey, running, basketball or football, our team will help get you back in the game.
It is very common for ankle injuries to occur during sports activities. However, this is not the only thing that can cause them. Walking on an uneven surface, wearing high-heeled shoes or loose-fitting clogs or sandals can all force the ankle into an unnatural position which could lead to an ankle injury. Sprains and other ankle injuries occur when the ankle is twisted too far out of its normal position.
There are a few different types of injuries that can occur when the ankle is twisted or rolled. Both ligaments and tendons are major parts of the ankle joint and either can be hurt during an ankle injury. Ligaments are the strong, elastic bands of connective tissue that keep the bones of the ankle joint in place, while tendons are what attaches the muscles to the bones in order for the muscles to do the work of moving the foot and ankle. Ankle injuries are different depending on whether there is damage to the ligaments or tendons:
Fractures to the ankle and foot bones are common injuries that result in a partial or complete break in the bone. They can often occur from being in a car accident or from the ankle rolling inward or outward. A severe break in the bone may require surgery to implant plates, rods or screws that will keep the bones in the proper position during healing.
It is possible to mistake a fracture in the ankle for a sprain or strain, but these two injuries are very different and require different treatments. It is very important with any ankle injury that you get an early diagnosis so proper treatment can begin. If you have injured your ankle, contact North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic in Calgary to be sure you get the proper diagnosis and treatment for your injury.