Devin Harris, an NBA All-Star and former player for the Mavericks, was being courted by Dallas last year for the second time in his career, this time with a deal that included a $9 million paycheck. But unfortunately for Harris, the teams’ doctor found out that he had a damaged metatarsal in his left foot that would require surgery to correct.
Harris had the surgery done, and was in the process of recovering when another injury, a stress fracture, cropped up. These made his rehabilitation take even longer, but by the next summer he was finally healthy again. Harris was given another contract by the Mavericks, though at a lower salary, and now returned onto the court with his old team.
If you have incurred a serious foot or ankle injury, getting back into sports can be a daunting prospect. For assistance with returning to your active lifestyle, contact podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can assess how much progress you’ve made with your recovery and provide you with the foot and ankle care you need.
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.
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