27 year old Jessica Ennis-Hill was taken out of her scheduled heptathlon in Tallinn because she is not fully recovered from her ankle injury. According to the UK Athletics, the athlete will continue to receive training, and treatments, instead of undergoing strenuous activity which can impact her ankle further.
Many questions have sprung, as to whether Ennis-Hill will be fully fit for the World Championships in Moscow. "I have been running and putting some force through the ankle but (coach) Toni (Minichiello) and I feel that doing a heptathlon is not the best option to achieving a full recovery, and day by day it is feeling much more free and comfortable. My job is to get her to Moscow in one piece, and in good shape, and that is my priority," said Ennis-Hill.
If you are an athlete or are trying to get back into sports after suffering a foot injury you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can assess your condition and provide you with the care needed for your feet.
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. But with the right attitude and motivation, it is not hard to get back into sports after foot and ankle injuries.
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