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Common Foot Injuries Among Athletes

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Foot injuries among athletes usually come from overuse. Feet basically dictate the rest of the movements in the lower body. They function to absorb shock and provide a rigid surface to push off from. High stress placed on feet during sports can cause imbalances in muscles that may lead to biomechanical dysfunction of the feet. This in turn can cause pain and interference with an athlete’s mobility. The most common overuse injuries among athletes include turf toe, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Turf toe happens due to repetitive hyperextension of the big toe. This is seen in athletes who wear shoes that are lightweight and flexible and  performing movements that require repeated and forced hyperextension of the big toe. Pain in the big toe is the most common symptom of this condition. Bunions happen to those who over-pronate. Instead of using muscles to support the arch, patients may rely on ligaments and bones to support the foot when walking, and this may cause the arch to collapse. Push off is from the big toe rather than the ball of the foot. The most common symptom is pain at the inside of the big toe. This is worsened by wearing narrow shoes with insufficient room in the toe box. Over time, the big toe moves towards the other toes. Plantar fasciitis happens to athletes who over-pronate and do not have enough strength in their foot muscles. It is associated with running, jumping, and other repetitive movements. It comes from inflammation and micro-tearing of the plantar fascia. Someone with plantar fasciitis has pain with their first steps in the morning, tenderness along the arch and heel of the foot, and tenderness in the plantar fascia. If you are an athlete and experience foot pain, it is wise to consult with a podiatrist who can make a proper diagnosis and provide appropriate treatment options.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Community Podiatry Group. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Flint, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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