Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The three most common foot injuries in athletes

Here are the top 3 foot injuries in athletes, so you’ll know what to look for.

  1. Turf Toe

Does the joint of your big toe hurt when you push off to sprint or jump? This is commonly known as turf toe, a condition that results in painful running and activities. The good news? Ice and rest can remedy the condition. There’s also ways to tape your turf toe to reduce pain and protect yourself from further injury.
  1. Bunions

Bunions aren’t just associated with high heels anymore. Tight athletic shoes can put pressure on the joint of the big toe, leading to painful bunions. Proper arch support can help you avoid this problem by making sure you aren’t pushing off using ligaments that can lead to flatfeet. If you push off using the ball of your foot instead of your big toe, it can lead to bunions.
If you suspect you have a bunion, seek treatment because once it is fully formed, only surgery can correct the problem.
  1. Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is nothing to joke around about. Athletes with plantar fasciitis will usually experience pain when they first wake up and take a few steps. Advanced plantar fasciitis can cause pain even when the athlete is not weight bearing on that foot.
Depending on the degree of degeneration of the plantar fascia, surgery may be required. Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown are keep up with the latest minimally invasive state of the art treatment for chronic heel pain. The Doctor's utilize Topaz and the instep plantar fasciotomy as minimally invasive surgical techniques and are looking at treatment options with Biologics such as PRP, BioD restore (placental tissue allograft), and the Tenex procedure.
If you suspect you have a foot injury, get treatment immediately. Waiting can cause foot injuries in athletes to worsen due to the amount of activity and stress put on the injury. To schedule a consultation contact our offices for a consultation:
Charleston with Dr. Brown (843-225-5575)
Mount Pleasant with Dr. Saffer (843-654-8250)