Whether you prefer to play team sports or go for long runs on your own, staying fit is extremely important if you want to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, for all of the outstanding benefits exercise can provide, it can be tough on your feet, ankles, and knees, but it’s your feet that take the major impact forces.
Healthy Team Approach
Many members of the team here at my FootDr participates in some form of exercise and sport, which is why we understand and share your passion to stay active and healthy. After many years of treating injured athletes and runners, we know that our experience in Podiatry will help you get back to training and competing again as soon as possible.
Most Common Running & Sporting Injuries
No two injuries are created equal, but some are certainly more common than others. If you’re an athlete, runner, or fitness enthusiast, you may find that you are suffering from one or more of these common conditions or injuries:
- Achilles Tendonitis
The Achilles tendon—the tendon that connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heels – tightens and becomes irritated when it is under too much stress.
- Shin Splints
Pain along the shin bone may. Often develops in the early stages of training, or with overuse. Running terrain and footwear can also be a big factor.
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
Plantar Fascia is the thick band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that goes from the heel to the toes and this is one of the most common conditions seen with runners and is usually quite painful in the mornings.
There are 2 small bones that sit underneath the big toe joint, which can become very painful and swollen under certain circumstances.
- Ankle Sprains
When the foot twists or rolls beyond its normal range of motion, the ligaments holding the ankle joint together can overstretch resulting in ligament damage. Once an ankle sprain has occurred, it’s very important to take the correct treatment, rehab and preventative steps.
- Turf Toe
Turf toe is a sprain of the main joint of the great toe. It’s very common among athletes, especially those who push off into a sprint at some point during a game.
- Stress Fractures
Athletes who play high-impact sports can develop a small crack in one of their foot bones as a result of overuse. As the foot hits the ground repeatedly over a prolonged period of time, it slowly starts to crack, creating a stress fracture.
There are very few sports and activities we don’t understand and we are committed to providing our patients with exceptional podiatry services and ongoing sport-specific information. We look forward to seeing you very soon.