Wondering how to treat sports-related injuries in children?
Sports injuries can happen to anyone, particularly to active kids and teens. While being physically active is great for your child’s health and wellbeing it’s also important to protect them from injuries. The key to stopping these problems from happening in the first place is to schedule an annual sports physical with our Brookfield, IL, and Addison, IL, pediatrician Dr. Walter Perez and the team at A to Z Pediatric Health to determine certain risk factors.
What are the most common foot and ankle sports injuries?
Certain sports-related injuries are more common for our Addison, IL, pediatrician Dr. Perez and his team to see at their practice. Some of the most common foot and ankles injuries in children and teens include,
- Sprains and strains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon injuries and tears
- Ligament tears
How should I treat a sports injury?
Minor sports injuries can be treated with the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation). It’s important to avoid any activities that could make problems worse; rest is key. More moderate to severe sports injuries will require care from our medical team. If you find that in 48-72 hours of home care that your child’s symptoms aren’t improving, it’s a good idea to call our Addison, IL, pediatrician for an evaluation.
When should I seek treatment?
If your child does sustain a sports injury, in most cases it should be evaluated by a proper medical professional (in this case, a pediatrician). Delaying necessary treatment could lead to more long-term pain and swelling. You should call us immediately if,
- Your child’s pain or swelling is severe
- They can’t put weight on the affected foot or ankle
- They are experiencing numbness, tingling or weakness in the affected foot
- There is a visible deformity of the foot or ankle
How long will it take to heal?
Healing time will vary based on the type and severity of your injury. Minor strains will heal with proper rest and home care within a couple of days, while sprains can take up to two weeks (but your child may need to avoid certain activities for up to eight weeks) and fractures can take up to eight weeks to heal.
A to Z Pediatric Healthcare is a renowned pediatric practice with offices in Brookfield and Addison, IL. When sports injuries or other urgent health matters occur, your child or teen can get the immediate care they need from Dr. Perez and his team. If your child is dealing with a sports injury, call us at (708) 905-5993 or (630) 757-4010.