Each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and 100s of ligaments, muscles and tendons that are all under frequent pressure from daily activities. This puts the foot at high risk for injury and other damage.
Some of the more common sporting injuries that Podiatrists treat are:
- Stress fractures of bones (these are caused by too much activity)
- Arch pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Inflammation of the tendon at the back of the ankle (Achilles tendonopathy)
- Pain at the base of the big toe (sesamoiditis).
- Sprained ankles
- Torn ligaments
- Shin splints
- Knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems.
Your running style, poor footwear and even minor limb length differences can also contribute to sports injury.
Because many sports-related injuries can worsen or lead to recurrent injuries if not promptly evaluated and treated, always see a Podiatrist before returning to your normal exercise routine.
Here are some tips for athletic foot care:
- Wash your feet every day, and dry thoroughly
- Wear only good-quality, well-fitting cotton socks
- Always use the correct shoe for each sport and surface
- Get in shape. Being overweight or out of shape places added stress on the feet. Condition yourself gradually with stretching exercises for 15-20 minutes before starting and after any activity (“warm-up” and “warm-down”)
- Wear correct shoes. Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface. If running, the shoe should have adequate cushioning in the mid-sole and a flared heel for stability
If sports injuries are overlooked, or if treatment is postponed, long-term damage can result, including weakness and instability, arthritis, cartilage damage, and long-term pain. This can alter your ability to walk or run normal or without pain. If you have experienced a traumatic injury, call today to see one of our Podiatrists.