Four Common Foot Injuries in Athletes

Four Common Foot Injuries in Athletes

Those who exercise regularly can hugely reduce their chances of getting cancer, heart disease and strokes. Those who exercise very regularly may end up becoming legends in their particular sport, but it’s important to remember that you can sustain injuries by pushing your body too hard. Of course, you may absolutely love your hobby and see no reason to slow down, but you’ll regret testing your limits so much if the consequences are regrettable.

As you might imagine, foot injuries are common in athletes because feet have to deal with a lot of impact when a person runs or jumps. Foot injuries can be extremely painful and prevent you from doing what you love for a prolonged period of time. Luckily, modern advancements in medicine mean you can find an effective treatment for your pain and get back to doing what you love in no time at all.

At Procare Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, we have a highly trained sports podiatrist and use the very latest equipment and methods to get you back on your feet again comfortably as quickly as possible. Below, we’ll take a look at four types of foot injury that athletes commonly sustain.

Common Foot Injuries

Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience the pain that comes with the following injuries, but at least we’re here to provide effective treatments if you do.

  • Turf toe — This injury is usually a result of repetitive hyperextension of the big toe. Certain sports and exercises, such as box jumps and Olympic lifts, require you to regularly extend your big toe. If you’re experiencing pain every time you move your big toe, you should come and speak to one of the experts at Procare.
  • Bunions — These look like huge lumps that swell out from your outer foot just below your big toe. Bunions are not only painful, they can also have a negative effect on your mobility and lead to further complications if left alone.
  • Stress fractures — This injury is usually sustained by those who over exercise and/or maintain a poor diet. If you’ve noticed pain in your lower extremities and swelling on the top of your foot, you might want to check with us whether your pain is being caused by a stress fracture.
  • Plantar fasciitis — This injury will usually result in pain at the back of the foot and is often sustained by those who wear minimalist, flexible shoes without a sufficient level of strength in their lower extremities.

Get the Help You Need

Fortunately, you don’t have to simply ignore foot injuries and accept pain as your new way of life. Professional help is available, but it’s important to have the problem accurately diagnosed as to receive the proper treatment.

Here at Procare, we have in-depth knowledge on just about every type of foot injury in existence, and we can identify the reason for your pain and put you on a plan to make things right. If you need help or would like to talk to a professional, contact us today and we’d be glad to have a chat.