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Because there are a variety of risks that come from playing baseball, and the feet and ankles take a beating, it is important to be mindful of the variety of foot and ankle injuries that can occur while playing baseball. Ankle sprains, which occur as damage to the ligaments in the ankle, are common and should be evaluated by a podiatrist to check for further damage. Overuse and excessive training can lead to injuries such as Achilles tendinopathy or plantar fasciitis, which is indicated by heel pain. Ingrown toenails, which are indicated by redness around the affected nail, are also common amongst baseball players, and if left untreated, may become infected. Cleats that do not fit correctly can also irritate issues such as neuromas, bunions and hammertoes, so it is important to make sure your cleats fit properly. If you believe that you have injured your foot or ankle from playing baseball or any sport, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
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.
Toenail fungus is the result of an infection underneath the surface of the toenail. This infection can cause symptoms such as the nail becoming thickened, crumbly, and discolored. The infected nail may also develop a foul smell, cause pain while walking, and can easily spread the infection to other nails. Fortunately, toenail fungus can be prevented. It is important to practice good foot hygiene to prevent infections. Toenail fungus thrives in warm and moist environments. Keep your feet clean and dry and wear breathable shoes and moisture-wicking socks to create a less hospitable environment for the fungus on your feet. When walking in wet, moist public areas where toenail fungus can spread, such as swimming pools and locker rooms, always wear shower shoes. You can also prevent the spread of infection by not sharing personal items like shoes, socks, and towels with others. If you suspect that you may have a fungal nail infection, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
Poor circulation typically occurs due to plaque buildup in the arteries. Over time, plaque can cause the arteries to narrow and harden, restricting blood flow. Poor circulation often affects the feet and ankles. Symptoms of poor circulation in the lower limbs include numbness and tingling, swelling, coldness, joint and muscle cramps, skin discoloration, and the appearance of ulcers and varicose veins. These symptoms can interfere with your daily functioning, limiting your participation in the activities of daily living. If you suspect that you have poor circulation in your lower limbs, it is suggested that you seek treatment. A podiatrist can help you manage this condition and keep you on your feet.
Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Poor Circulation in the Feet
Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.
Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:
- Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness
- Numbness or cramping in the legs
- Skin discoloration
- Slower nail & hair growth
- Erectile dysfunction
Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.
As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication.
A common type of foot therapy that patients may find beneficial is foot reflexology. The goal of massaging the feet is to promote balance in the body, and it may be effective in reducing tension. Additionally, endorphins may be stimulated, which may result in a decrease in pain and stress. This type of therapy is administered by touching the feet in specific areas with firm pressure. This form of therapy may help to heal foot conditions such as gout, specific types of foot ulcers, or an injury to the ankle or foot. If you would like more information about the benefits that reflexology may have for the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.
Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Most Common Injuries
People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track.
What to Do When Injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.
During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:
Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.