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Participation in sports and recreational activities are increasing for children and adults. The sports-related injuries are distinct to the individual participant, age, and their particular style of play. Overuse injuries affect people who play tennis, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Acute injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) happen most often in football, soccer, skiing and basketball. Gymnasts, runners and dancers frequently experience stress fractures.

Northwestern Medicine board-certified sports medicine specialist are equipped to provide comprehensive care. Northwestern Medicine’s orthopaedic surgeons work closely with athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists, physiatrists, physical therapists and sports medicine therapists to restore your ability to participate in any sport.

Other common sports-related injuries are strains, dislocated joints, tears of tendons and sprains. Many sports-related injuries occur in adults that lack the agility they once had in earlier in life. There are several prevention steps adults may incorporate into their sports activities. Such as, modify your activities and know your body’s limits, use proper form for the sport you are participating in, increase your activity level gradually and wear safety gear. Today you can make a difference by making a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, advancing the understanding of sports-related injuries.

A common site of injury while playing sports is the foot and ankle. The risk for injury increases when jumping, such as in basketball, or quickly changing directions, such as in soccer. Foot and ankle issues can limit which daily activities you can participate in and greatly impact quality of life. Northwestern Medicine will assess your foot and ankle pain and determine most efficient treatment plan for you.

If you have a broken bone in your foot, there are 26 bones that need to be examined. There are four main areas in which a fractures can occur; physicians on our medical staff will examine those areas and determine the proper treatment plan for you. Those areas are:

  • Ankle joint fractures: serious and usually require a cast, and some may require surgery
  • Metatarsal bone fractures: These are located in the middle of the foot, often do not require a cast
  • Sesamoid bone fractures: The sesamoid bones are two small, round bones at the end of the metatarsal bone at the end of the big toe. Sometimes the sesamoid bone may have to be surgically removed.
  • Toe fractures: Fractures can normally heal with or without a cast

Northwestern Medicine’s orthopedic team consists of board-certified physicians and many experienced specialists ready to provide you with proper diagnosis and treatment plan. A goal of the multidisciplinary team is to improve your mobility and restore your quality of life as soon as possible.

Sports Medicine Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your financial support keeps safe the 30 million children and adults in the United States that play sports. Donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation sustains our sports medicine program and keeps children and adults safe and active, playing the sports they love.

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