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Basketball is a popular sport known for its fast paced and intense nature. However, the constant running, jumping, pivoting, and sudden stops can put a lot of strain on the lower body, leading to common foot injuries. Three of the most frequent basketball foot injuries are ankle sprains, fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Basketball players often suffer from ankle sprains, which can happen when they land awkwardly or make sudden changes in direction. These sprains can also occur when they step on another player's foot, causing the supporting ligaments to stretch too far. The repetitive impact from jumping and running on hard surfaces can lead to fractures in the foot. Stress fractures can develop gradually due to overuse, while more severe fractures are typically caused by sudden impacts. Players with poor foot structure, such as flat feet, may develop plantar fasciitis, resulting in heel pain. If you play basketball and have sustained a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment 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.
Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!
Embarking on a running journey brings not just the thrill of the track but also the responsibility of safeguarding against potential injuries. Start with a proper warm-up, gradually transitioning from brisk walking to a light jog, allowing muscles to adapt to the forthcoming activity. Choosing the right footwear is paramount. Opt for shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning based on your foot arch and running terrain. Maintain a balanced training routine that incorporates strength and flexibility exercises, focusing on core muscles and leg stability. Listen to your body and incorporate rest days to allow for recovery and muscle repair. Pay attention to running surfaces, choosing softer terrains when possible to reduce the impact on joints. Lastly, progress your running intensity gradually to avoid overexertion. If you would like more information about how to prevent running injuries in addition to protecting the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.
Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.
What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.
Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.
Congenital foot deformities, occurring at birth, present a spectrum of conditions that impact the structure and function of the feet. One notable congenital deformity is clubfoot, a condition where the foot is twisted inward and downward. This malformation results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors influencing the development of tendons, muscles, and bones in the foot during pregnancy. In clubfoot, the Achilles tendon is often shorter than usual, exacerbating the inward rotation of the foot. While the exact cause remains elusive, early identification and intervention are pivotal. Advances in medical understanding and technology continue to enhance treatment outcomes, providing hope for those born with congenital foot deformities. Those born with clubfoot can lead active and fulfilling lives with proper care and intervention. If your child has been born with clubfoot, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can immediately begin appropriate treatment.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
- Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
- Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
- Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
- Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
- Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
- Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
Most people's feet typically point straight ahead or outward, but some children develop a condition known as in-toeing, where the feet point inward which is often referred to as pigeon toes. In-toeing is a common phenomenon in young children, and while it often corrects itself with time, some cases require attention and treatment, based on the underlying cause. Internal tibial torsion is one cause of in-toeing, and most doctors refrain from prescribing treatment for young children with this condition. Braces and special shoes are generally ineffective and rarely used due to their expense and children's reluctance to wear them. Surgical correction is only considered in cases where the twist in the tibia is severe and appearance becomes a concern. Excess femoral anteversion, another cause of in-toeing, typically improves on its own as children age. Braces or shoe modifications are generally not effective, and surgery is only considered in very severe cases where the inward twist of the thigh bone is significant. Metatarsus adductus, characterized by a curved foot shape, may involve stretching exercises or the use of casts or braces for more severe cases. Fortunately, any residual curvature post-treatment does not impede a child's ability to run and play, and it is not painful. If your child’s in-toeing seems to be problematic, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is.
Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.
Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.
Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.
Be watchful for any pain or injury.
Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.
Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.