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THE ANKLE is a complex body part that plays a critical role in mobility and stability. Ankle pain may be due to sprains, arthritis, breaks and tendon problems.
THE FOREFOOT extends from the ball of the foot to the toes. Forefoot pain may be due to bunions, toe deformities and neuromas.
THE MIDFOOT runs from the ball of the foot to the heel and includes the arch. Midfoot pain may be due to arthritis or stress fractures.
THE HINDFOOT, also known as the heel, is the area between the ankle and the foot's arch. Heel pain may be due to plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendon problems.

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How to Help Prevent Sports-Related Injuries

As an orthopaedic surgeon who swam competitively from childhood through college, I am particularly passionate about sports medicine. While the treatment of sports-related injuries is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think about sports medicine, the prevention of these injuries also plays a major role. If you are participating in sports or any other form of physical activity, here are some suggestions you can follow to help prevent sports-related injuries from occurring:

  • You should always stretch, but make sure to warm up (i.e. an easy jog or brisk walk) before you start stretching. Cooldowns and stretching following your physical activity are also equally as important.

  • Start slowly and gradually build upon your progress. Doing too much too soon can cause undue stress on your body, often leading to injury.

  • Make sure to learn, and then actually utilize, the proper form or technique for whatever you are doing. Also, use proper, well-fitting equipment when necessary.

  • Don’t overwork your body. Learn your limits and schedule days of rest to give your joints and muscles time to heal and recuperate.

  • If you feel pain, stop what you’re doing. If the pain does not subside within a reasonable time period, you should consider seeking medical attention.

Although these suggestions can help reduce your risk for injury, there is no way to prevent sports-related injuries with 100% certainty. Should one occur, such as an ankle sprain or a foot injury of some sort, please do not hesitate to contact my office. My staff and I will do everything in our power to treat your condition and get you active again as quickly as possible.


-- Dr. Jan-Eric Esway
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