The Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer sustained an ankle injury back in June during a game against the Kansas City Royals. Unfortunately, MRI scans revealed more serious issues when results showed an intraosseous stress fracture in his right foot.
Schafer would need an additional four weeks to recover his injury. "It's a soft tissue injury that you treat over 7-10 days and see if it's going to get better," said Braves general manager Frank Wren. "He was X-rayed that day, there was no fracture revealed. After seven days, he still wasn't getting a lot better. It was X-rayed again -- still no fracture. He started having more pain, so we took it to the next step and had the MRI done."
Facing such an injury can be daunting, but with proper care returning to previously enjoyed sports and activities is not impossible. Receiving treatment from a podiatrist such as Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can help you manage your injury as well as provide solutions for how to get back into the sports you enjoy.
Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries
Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:
In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.
Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.
Anyone suffering a stress fracture should visit a physician immediately. Most treatment involves refraining from any activities that place extra or undue stress on the ankle, including refraining from participation in any sports. Those interested in a quick recovery need to be mindful of their treatment process and invest in it thoroughly in order to ensure they can return to their passion in full force.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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