Foot injuries can have serious consequences for inline, ice, and roller sports participants. Skating, in and of itself, can cause pain on the bottom, top, or sides of the feet. Foot problems can result from improperly fitted skating boots, with lacing that is too tight over the instep. Stunts, spins, and jumps can put additional stress on the feet and skating requires quick turns and stops that are done using the feet and ankles. Wearing well-fitting boots, using lacing patterns, or using a pad to protect the top of the foot can relieve pressure from boot laces. Fabric liners and insoles that fit inside boots can provide comfort and support for feet and ankles. The goal is to prevent blisters when boots do not fit properly and pressure on the feet that can result in calluses and hammertoes. While some foot pain can be eased with rest and self-care, like proper stretching and warmups, if symptoms persist, see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
- Broken Foot
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- Turf Toe
Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.