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Sports Injury Recovery Time: What You Should Be Doing!

A young woman massaging her painful heel
Sports Injuries are usually caused by overuse, direct impact or forces that are too high for the body parts to tolerate. These injuries can either be Acute or Chronic.

 

An Acute Injury, is an injury which can happen suddenly, this could be a sprained ankle when taking part in some physical exercise. Whereas a Chronic Injury, is caused by the repeated overuse of a certain area in the body. This type of injury can cause a lot of ongoing pain and discomfort over a longer period of time, such as a 6-month history of Achilles pain.

 

When a sporting injury has first occurred, you need to make sure to:

Rest: keep the area of injury supported and try to avoid using it for 48-72 hours
Ice: apply ice to the area for 15-20 minutes every hour for 48 hours or more if required
Compression: apply a compression bandage to the injured area to reduce swelling
Elevation: raise the injured area above the level of the heart to reduce swelling
What not to do:

No Heat: heat will increase swelling at the area of injury
No Alcohol : alcohol increases bleeding and swelling
No Running : running or exercise increases blood flow, which will delay healing
No Physical Activity : that involves area of injury as it can worsen injury or delay healing
No Massage: massage increases swelling and bleeding, and can also delaying healing
If you are worried about a sporting injury, whether it be acute or chronic and you are wishing to get some advice don’t hesitate to visit us at Podiatry HQ.

We will be able to:

– Assess the injury
– Refer for any required imaging
– Advise you of the best short and long term treatment plans
– Create a program to slowly ease you back into physical activity injury free
– Help improve overall performance levels
Our friendly staff at are waiting to take your call at Podiatry HQ on 8645 9888 or you can book an appointment online here

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