There are a series of foot injuries that can develop from competing in sports and this is the time of year to be especially aware of them. With school back in session, sports like football, basketball, hockey, and field Hockey become regular parts of our and our children’s lives.
Various injuries include:
- Shin splints – an inflammation of the shin area due to pounding on a hard surface
- Turf toe – the inflammation of the big toe due to stress from artificial turf
- Sprains – undue strain on the foot or ankle
- Fractures – a breaking or cracking of the bone
- Bunions – a bump on the outside of the big toe
- Plantar fasciitis – an aggravation of the area that joins the toe bones with other foot bones
- Heel spurs – a usually painful calcium deposit on the heel
- Achilles tendonitis – the inflammation of the largest foot tendon, the Achilles tendon
It is very important to see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Your podiatrist may take an x-ray or ultrasound to locate the problem area.
Treatments may include:
- Shin splints – R.I.C.E.
rest, ice, compression, and elevation, change sports to one less physically stressful and anti-pain medications
- Turf toe – RICE, pain medication, a foot cast or boot or surgery Sprains – RICE is usually applied as rest and ice will help a lot. You may need to use crutches or some other device to help take the weight off the sprained foot or ankle
- Fractures – anti-pain medicine, cast or walking boot, RICE to allow the area to heal or surgery if the break is serious enough
changein footwear to something with more toe room, orthotics, lower heeled footwear or surgery to remove disjointed bone
- Bunion – custom made orthotics, fitting footwear, anti-pain medication – acetaminophen or ibuprofen (use only as directed) or surgery
- Plantar fasciitis – orthotics, pain medicines, steroid injections for pain, therapy or surgery
- Heel spurs – orthotics, RICE, cortisone injections, cushioned footwear or surgery
- Achilles tendonitis – RICE, pain medicines, boot or cast to keep the tendon immobile to heal or surgery
If you believe you have or are developing any of the above or have any other concerns about your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and treat them appropriately. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com