Sports Injuries

David Jenson, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Jenson Foot & Ankle Specialists

David Jenson, DPM

Podiatrist located in The Woodlands, TX

Sports injuries are very common, and you don’t have to be a pro athlete to suffer a sports injury affecting your foot or ankle. At Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists in Shenandoah, Texas, David Jenson, DPM, offers top-quality diagnostic and treatment services for sports injuries of the lower extremities. Don’t live with pain and limited function when there are safe and effective treatments available. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What is a sports injury?

The term “sports injury” is used to describe an injury that occurs during sports training or play, or when engaged in fitness pursuits. Many men and women assume that only athletes have to be concerned with sports injuries, but you can injure your foot or ankle as easily in a Zumba class as you can on a football field.

Kids are especially vulnerable to sports injuries, as they often lack the training and experience needed to take precautions against collisions and overextending their bodies.

Some of the more common sports injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Muscle strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Bone bruising
  • Joint dislocation
  • Achilles tendon rupture  

Many minor sports injuries will improve after a few days of rest, ice, elevation, and compression. If self-care efforts don’t lead to improvements, however, it’s important to seek medical care.

How are tendon injuries treated?

Your tendons are soft bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. Tendons don’t have significant blood flow and can’t heal easily. Very often, surgery is required to repair extensive tendon damage.

Tendon repair can usually be performed via small incisions. Dr. Jenson can repair tendon tears or reattach tendons to the appropriate muscles or bones.  

For example, posterior tibialis tendon surgery addresses damage to the tendon that connects the muscles on the back of your calf to the bones on the interior side of your foot. In some cases, a tendon from another area is used to complete the necessary repairs.

What is turf toe and how is it corrected?

Turf toe occurs when your big toe sustains sudden upward flexing, like when you push off the ground to jump or run. The condition commonly occurs in football players, but soccer, wrestling, basketball, and even dance or gymnastics can also cause turf toe.

Symptoms include swelling, pain, and limited mobility in your big toe joint. Symptoms may come on slowly and worsen over time. If sudden trauma causes turf toe, symptoms occur immediately.

For turf toe that doesn’t improve after a period of self-care, surgery may be needed to repair the damaged joint and restore proper function.

If you experience a sports injury, schedule a diagnostic exam with Dr. Jenson right away, either online or by phone. You’ll receive a customized treatment plan and tailored recovery instructions.