The World Cup is in full swing! Those athletes are playing their hearts out and putting it all on the line – including their bodies. The constant running back and forth, kicking, and jumping puts them at risk of many injuries, especially when it comes to the feet and ankles. Read on to see what types of injuries you might experience from playing sports.
- Big Toe Joint Injuries - Sesamoiditis and Turf Toe – The big toe joint endures a lot of strain and pressure in sports involving running or jumping. The big toe joint is heavily involved in the springing action of the foot as it leaves the ground in a forward or upward motion. The repeated impact and use of the big toe joint can lead to injuries like Sesamoiditis and Turf Toe.
- Morton’s Neuroma – The repetitive pressures on the balls of the feet can also lead to pain in the balls of the feet. The tendons surrounding nerves in the feet can become inflamed and irritate the nerves. It can cause burning or tingling, and eventually pain or numbness.
- Fractures and Broken Bones – Traumatic injury and impact can lead to broken bones anywhere in the feet and ankles. This includes fractures, which can also occur from repeated stress on the bones.
- Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs – Some athletes can experience pain along the bottom of the feet from chronic overuse. The strain on the feet can cause pain and tightness and can eventually cause bone spurs to develop.
- Ankle Injuries – Ankle Sprains and Achilles Tendonitis – Acute and overuse injuries are possible in the ankles because of the different movements made while playing sports. Sprains can be mild to severe, depending on how badly the ligament is injured. When the Achilles tendon is overused, it can also become a painful inflammatory chronic use injury like with plantar fasciitis.
The best way to deal with injuries is to take preventative measures. Stretch, warm up, and use protective equipment. When you feel a chronic injury coming on, rest and treat your foot or ankle problem so that it does not get worse. For an acute injury, such as a traumatic injury from collision or sprain, use the RICE method to alleviate painful symptoms. If you don’t feel better after the RICE method, come see us for an evaluation of your injury.