Moving Again After an Injury


Do you know the average recovery time for common sports injuries? In a recent article, the author highlights 10 common sports injuries. We also learn more about the average recovery time. As podiatrists, we’re focusing on two injuries: high ankle sprain and torn Achilles tendon. We know how an injury can impact a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. We’re committed to providing a proper diagnosis the first time and a successful treatment plan. You will not be alone during your recovery.

The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group are also here to help you prevent injuries that could place you on the sidelines for a few games – or even the remainder of the season. One of the first steps is checking in on your foot and ankle health. Are you ready to hit the field or the court?

High ankle sprain 

It is safe to say you have either experienced an ankle sprain or know someone who has had this injury. There is a common ankle sprain – and then there is a high ankle sprain. For a common ankle sprain, you may notice swelling, bruising, and pain. These are the signs that something has gone wrong. For a high ankle sprain, a person complains of much more pain. The high ankle sprain affects a different set of ligaments. There is also a lesser amount of swelling and bruising. The recovery time can be as few as 4 to 6 weeks. Lingering effects could last additional months.

Torn Achilles

A torn Achilles tendon is a significant injury, and recovery can last an average of 9 months. An athlete may rupture this tendon while making a quick, sudden stop. Think about a quick-moving football player or basketball player moving around their opponents to score. The Achilles tendon is the thickest in the body. Without it, we would be unable to bend and point our toes. It connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

To avoid these common injuries, we recommend starting with a good stretch. End with another 15-minute stretching session. Apply this tip to not only games but also practices. Proper warmups allow your body to be in the best shape before moving at a quick pace.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitisbunionshammertoescorns and callusesingrown toenailsdiabetic foot care complicationschildren’s foot problemsskin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.