When Devin Harris was being courted by the Dallas Mavericks last year, they offered him a $9 million dollar contract. However, Harris had incurred a foot injury earlier that season, and a medical examination by the Maverick’s team doctor showed that he would need to have it surgically corrected. Dallas took back their offer, and Harris had no other choice but to try and get better.
After long recovery period that was prolonged by a new injury, a stress fracture in his third metatarsal, he finally became healed enough to sign with the Mavs. “We’ve had a lot of things happen, but I stayed positive and worked hard and obviously we’re in a good situation now,” Harris said.
When trying to get back into sports after a foot or ankle injury, it’s always best to make sure the rehabilitation process is fully completed first. If you are an athlete dealing with a complication in one of your lower extremities, contact podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti can help you with the recovery process and answer any questions you might have.
Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries
While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.
The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.
It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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