Athletic Overuse Injuries

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We’re easing into February, and if you’re still hitting your New Year’s resolutions to be more physically active, that’s something to celebrate! However, if you’re picking up the pace, there are some foot conditions you need to watch for. Here at Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC, we see many injuries that occur when new or seasoned athletes fail to warm up right or try to start a new sport too quickly. We put together a list so you can know what to look for.

Here are some common overuse injuries:

  • Achilles Tendon injuries – the long tendon running down the back of your lower leg is your body’s strongest tendon, but also the most frequently injured. Suddenly increasing your activity, like upping the speed or distance in your running program too rapidly, sprinting, or hitting hills or stairs can cause inflammation or a tear to that tendon. Injury signs are localized soreness in the back of your leg and stiffness or tenderness, especially when you first wake.

  • ·Stress fractures – Excessive pounding of the bones in your forefoot can cause a small, hairline crack in the surface of the bone. Characterized by pain, swelling, and tenderness, stress fractures might not actually prevent you from getting around or continuing your activities. The pain will worsen though if not treated properly.

  • Heel pain/plantar fasciitis – if you have flat feet or overly high arches and your sporting activities put a strain on your heels – like running or dance – you might start noticing pain in your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue running along the bottom of your feet connecting your toes to your heel.

  • Neuromas – activities that involve pressure to the ball of your foot – like basketball, tennis, or running – will cause a neuroma or swelling of one of your nerves that run up your toes. Numbness, pain, and tingling are common symptoms of neuromas.

These conditions – and any others brought on by physical activity – will only worsen if left untreated. If you have pain or discomfort anywhere in your feet or ankle, make an appointment today to see our podiatrist, Dr. David R. Sullivan, to examine your foot. Dr. Sullivan has years of experience treating any foot and ankle issues. Our conveniently located Westfield, IN office, serves both Boone and Hamilton County. Call us today at 317-896-6655.