By John Erotas
November 10, 2014
Exercise is an important part of our daily lives. It keeps the mind and body healthy. Most exercises involve our feet and sometimes an injury occurs causing us severe foot pain. In this article, you’ll find the most common athletic foot injuries and if you discover you have these symptoms, please make a consultation today with our Scottsdale Podiatry office so we can heal this injury as quickly as possible.
The foot consists of of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and muscles all serving to help you to walk and run freely. Sometimes, when we push our feet too hard, we end up with an unexpected injury. Below are some of the most common foot injuries for athlete’s.
Turf toe is experienced as pain and tenderness in the big toe making it difficult to run or move without pain. This occurs as the big toe is repetitively hyper-extended. It is extremely common for runners and other athletes who wear extremely light sneakers that have a very flexible toe box. With pressure on the toe area, repetitive hyperextension of the big toe causes Scottsdale turf toe.
Bunions are common to all but can be exacerbated by intense exercise. People that have bunions often over-pronate, or rely on the ligaments and bones to support your foot rather than the arch of the foot. The arch then collapses and most of the pressure is put onto the big toe joint to walk. Eventually, the toe joint pushes outward causing a painful bunion. This condition can worsen when wearing shoes with a narrow toe box.
Somethings you can immediately do for a bunion is wear comfortable shoes that put less pressure on your toes and invest in customized orthotics. Ice and rest will also help to reduce the swelling of a Scottsdale bunion.
A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone. They often develop through over-use in high impact sports. Most stress fractures occur in the weight bearing area of the foot bones. As a stress fracture is an overuse injury, the key to it’s recovery is rest, taking as much pressure and stress off of the fracture as possible. Pain and tenderness are symptomatic of a stress fracture and healing can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks. Stress fractures normally heal without complications, with the proper rest, and one can then perform their activities without pain.
This is an intense version of heel pain. There is a tendon called the plantar fascia band that runs on the bottom of your foot and when overused, it can swell and become painful. Improper shoes is often a cause of Plantar Fasciitis and customized orthotics can help greatly with this. It is important to rest and ice the bottom of your foot so that the plantar fascia band does not continue to be overwhelmed. With your Scottsdale heel pain, rest and comfortable shoes will help this condition subside.
Sometimes an athlete can actually strain their plantar fascia band. It is best to see a Scottsdale podiatrist in order to diagnose and treat this problem.
As a rule of thumb, it is important to see your Scottsdale foot doctor for all of these injuries in order to direct you to the best line of treatment. The American Foot and Ankle Specialists, located in the heart of Scottsdale, AZ can help treat you quickly and inefficiently to get you back on the track and field asap. Give us a call at 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation today! Same and next day appointments are often available.