Sports-Related Injuries in Tinley Park, IL

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General Sports Injuries 

If you’re suffering from sports-related injuries in Tinley Park, IL, our 5-star-rated podiatrists can help get you back in the game. From the repeated pounding of runners’ feet on paved surfaces to the side-to-side motion performed in court sports, it’s inevitable that athletes’ feet and ankles are prone to injuries. Whether you’re a serious athlete or a  weekend warrior, here are some common problems to look out for:

Ankle sprains – One of the most common sports injuries, it’s important that a sprained ankle be promptly evaluated and treated by one of our foot and ankle doctors. Why? Because sometimes, what seems like a simple “sprain” is actually an ankle fracture, and treatments for these two conditions are very different. It’s also important you don’t skimp on rehabilitation and physical therapy! An ankle that has not been properly healed and restored is more likely to experience repeated sprains, leading to chronic ankle instability.

Achilles tendon disordersAchilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg, can progress into a degeneration of the tendon (Achilles tendonitis). A sudden increase of a repetitive activity that leads to micro-injury of the tendon fibers can cause these conditions. Athletes are at high risk for developing disorders of the Achilles tendon.

Heel pain – While most often caused by plantar fasciitis, heel pain may also be due to other causes including stress fractures. Faulty foot structure is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, but it can also occur from wearing worn-out shoes or shoes that are not designed for the sport in which you’re participating. Stretching the Achilles tendon can help eliminate this pain, but ongoing pain should be investigated to discount a fracture or other cause.

Morton’s neuroma – Also known as “intermetatarsal neuroma,” this condition is a thickening of nerve tissue in the ball of the foot as a result of compression and irritation of the nerve. Activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or court sports, can lead to Morton’s neuroma. Symptoms start slowly and may come and go when the nerve is irritated due to activity, but it’s important to treat this condition early before the damage becomes critical (FHF, 2015).

Baseball Injuries

Feet and ankles take a beating when you’re playing baseball. If you play baseball, be aware of the following risks and see our podiatrist for sports-related injuries in Tinley Park, IL:

  • Ankle sprains  – May occur while running, fielding balls, stepping on, or sliding into bases. Sprains should be evaluated by a Weil Foot & Ankle Institute podiatrist to determine the extent of the injury, which may include peroneal tendon injuries or fractures.  A treatment plan will be developed and should be followed. Failure to fully treat and rehabilitate a sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability and recurring sprains.
  • Overuse or excessive training – May sideline some athletes with Achilles tendinopathy or heel pain (often plantar fasciitis, or calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents).
  • Contusions – May occur from impact with the ball or contact with other players.
  • Cleats – May cause issues in the forefoot and aggravate neuromas, sesamoids, bunions, and hammertoes. If you want to stay at the top of your game, be sure that your cleats are fitted properly, and that any injuries are evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon. 

Basketball Injuries

Feet and ankles take a beating in basketball, too, and can occur from running, jumping, cutting, quick starts and stops, as well as direct contact with other players. Basketball players should be aware of risks including:

  • Inversion ankle sprains – Can damage the ankle ligaments and can also be associated with peroneal tendon injuries, fractures, and chronic ankle instability.
  • Overuse and excessive training –  Can lead to plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.

Field Hockey Injuries

The running and side-to-side cutting in field hockey are common causes of injuries to the foot and ankle. Field hockey players should be aware of the risks such as:

  • Inversion ankle sprains – Can damage the ankle ligaments and can also be associated with peroneal tendon injuries and fractures.
  • Ankle fractures, metatarsal fractures, and Lisfranc fractures –  Can sideline athletes and sometimes require surgery.
  • Overuse and excessive training –  Can lead to heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.

Football Injuries

Football players can sustain injuries to the foot and ankle due to running, side-to-side cutting, or direct trauma, such as from another player during a tackle. If you play football, be aware of the following risks:

  • Inversion ankle sprains – Can damage the ankle ligaments and can also be associated with peroneal tendon injuries and fractures.
  • Ankle fractures, metatarsal fractures, and Lisfranc fractures –  Can sideline athletes and sometimes require surgery.
  • Contusions and bone bruises – May also result from high-impact hits during tackling.
  • Overuse and excessive training – Can lead to heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.

Soccer Injuries

Soccer is tough on the feet and can lead to injuries to the foot and ankle from running, side-to-side cutting, sliding, or tackling. They can also occur from striking the ball or another player with the foot. Soccer players should be aware of the following risks:

  • Ankle fractures, metatarsal fractures, and Lisfranc fractures – Can sideline athletes and sometimes require surgery.
  • Inversion ankle sprains – Can damage the ankle ligaments and can also be associated with peroneal tendon injuries and fractures.
  • Contusions and bone bruises – Can also result from high impacts, such as in slide tackling.
  • Overuse and excessive training – Can lead to heel pain (plantar fasciitis), stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.

Call Our Office to Find Out More About Sports-Related Injuries in Tinley Park, IL!

Over 200,000 patients have found relief from their foot pain, heel pain or ankle pain, and we’re confident we can help you too. Your feet will thank you! For additional information on sports-related foot and ankle injuries or to schedule an appointment, call Weil Foot & Ankle at (847) 390-7666. With 16 podiatry offices in and around the Chicago area, including Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Lemont, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, Roselle, & Tinley Park, Illinois (IL), there is sure to be a podiatry office near you!

If you are located close to downtown Chicago, we can treat your ankle or foot sprain/fracture immediately at our FAST Care Center, visit FastCareCenters.com for more details.

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  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
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  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M.
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  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil demonstrated a level of expertise and professionalism that I had not found in previous interactions with podiatrists. Bottom line, he has dramatically reduced pain that I have been living with for more than 20 yrs. Hiking and working out will now be far more enjoyable, more effective and longer in duration. I highly recommend Dr. Weil. "

    - Steve M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “My kids have been patients here since my son was 3! He is now 17 and both be and my daughter see Dr. Benton-Weil! There are not enough stars to rate her excellence. Not only is she a smart and talented physician, she is a kind and compassionate human being. I would drive just about anywhere to be under her care!”

    - Jill K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil demonstrated a level of expertise and professionalism that I had not found in previous interactions with podiatrists. Bottom line, he has dramatically reduced pain that I have been living with for more than 20 yrs. Hiking and working out will now be far more enjoyable, more effective and longer in duration. I highly recommend Dr. Weil. "

    - Steve M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “My kids have been patients here since my son was 3! He is now 17 and both be and my daughter see Dr. Benton-Weil! There are not enough stars to rate her excellence. Not only is she a smart and talented physician, she is a kind and compassionate human being. I would drive just about anywhere to be under her care!”

    - Jill K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil demonstrated a level of expertise and professionalism that I had not found in previous interactions with podiatrists. Bottom line, he has dramatically reduced pain that I have been living with for more than 20 yrs. Hiking and working out will now be far more enjoyable, more effective and longer in duration. I highly recommend Dr. Weil. "

    - Steve M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “My kids have been patients here since my son was 3! He is now 17 and both be and my daughter see Dr. Benton-Weil! There are not enough stars to rate her excellence. Not only is she a smart and talented physician, she is a kind and compassionate human being. I would drive just about anywhere to be under her care!”

    - Jill K.
    best chicago podiatrists
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Weil Foot & Ankle Institute. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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