When you get involved in sports and activities, you run the risk of injury. Your feet are amazing works of art. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and more than 100 ligaments and muscles, it is easy to see why a part of your foot could easily become injured in a game or practice. And a foot injury can be debilitating, especially since your feet steer the majority of your body movements. Podiatry Inc. is unique. We are an office with a team of doctors involved in a variety of specialties. This gives us the ability to treat difficult cases, and get athletes back on the field quickly, with little disruption.
Your feet are made to absorb shock from daily activities and movements. They also provide a strong surface for pushing off and helping to maintain balance. A significant amount of the muscles within your feet also run up the leg, which can cause shooting pain if there is an injury.
Turf toe occurs when there is repetitive hyperextension in the big toe. This creates tenderness and pain as you push off. Our doctors will perform cutting edge X-rays to rule out any fractures or other overarching problems and provide you with advice and treatment to help you get back into the game.
Bunions are often seen in athletes who have collapsing or weak arches. This causes them to push off with the big toe as opposed to the ball of their foot. With repeated movements, patients often see pain in their toes. This pain will worsen if left untreated. Often, orthotics are recommended. In severe cases, surgery might be necessary.
Stress fractures are common in athletes who are training heavily. When your bones become weakened due to overuse, they are prone to fractures, especially the bones of the foot. Most patients complain of pain or tenderness in the large foot bone, which is exacerbated with heavy lifting. High-quality X-rays and MRIs may be used to diagnose, and often rest and casting are prescribed.
Plantar fasciitis causes extreme pain along the arch and heel of the foot and is especially strong in the morning. This injury is seen most often in newer athletes due to tightness in the calf muscles and other supporting muscles. Rest is best once the injury develops, but scans for orthotics can decrease instances of plantar facilities flares to keep you on the field in top shape.
If you have been hurt during your training, visit our offices immediately. Our doctors will ensure that you receive the care you need to prevent future injury and help you deal with the root cause of your pain. Above all else, do not play through the pain. You could be doing more damage than good. Be a team player and get a doctor’s opinion before you get back into the game.