Will I Need to Do Special Exercises to Help Heal My Foot Injury?

July 22nd, 2020

female feet surrounded by flowersDr. Verville of RNV Podiatry is diligent in building positive doctor-patient relationships with each of her patients. As a sports medicine podiatrist, she spends significant time with each one to determine the true nature of their individual injury. During your initial consultation, she will do a full evaluation of your foot or ankle, take any needed images to aid the diagnosis process, answer any questions you may have, and develop an individualized treatment plan to get you back on your feet again.

Frisco patients with certain types of foot injuries may need to do special exercises, so they heal quickly and properly. Sports medicine podiatrist, Dr. Verville, may recommend exercises while you’re recovering from the following types of foot injuries:

  • Plantar Fasciitis

As a sports medicine podiatrist, plantar fasciitis is the most common foot injury Dr. Verville sees in local Frisco athletes. This injury occurs when the ligament on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) is stretched and torn over time. It causes pain, inflammation, and swelling near the plantar fascia.

Special exercises recommended by sports medicine podiatrists like Dr. Verville will focus on stretching the calf muscles and the plantar fascia.

  • Stress Fracture

Hard-working Frisco athletes sometimes experience stress fractures as a result of participating in high-impact sports. This foot injury occurs when the bones in the foot or ankle experience repeated stress and pressure. A stress fracture is different from a broken bone. This injury is identified through x-ray images and is characterized by a small crack in the surface of the bone.

As a sports medicine podiatrist, Dr. Verville will recommend patients with stress fractures participate in regular exercises after their initial recovery period in order to strengthen their foot and help it heal properly.

  • Achilles Tendinitis

Athletes in Frisco often experience pain in the Achilles tendon. This tendon is often overused and wears down as time goes on. As this occurs, Achilles tendinitis causes pain and discomfort in the back of the foot. Remember, this large tendon can tear if the Achilles tendinitis isn’t treated by a sports medicine podiatrist like Dr. Verville, so don’t wait to seek treatment. 

Men and women with Achilles tendinitis can perform exercises like the runner’s stretch, toe-to-wall stretch, and the heel drop to help heal from Achilles tendinitis.

Get Back in the Game with Exercises from Sports Medicine Podiatrist Dr. Verville

If you’ve suffered a sports-related foot injury, be sure you visit Dr. Verville of RNV Podiatry in Frisco as soon as possible so you can get on the road to recovery quickly. Call her office at (214) 385-8822 to book your visit. A member of her friendly team is ready to help.