Posts for: December, 2016
Find out the most common injuries that occur while playing sports and what you can do to prevent them.
It’s football season. Time to pull out the helmet and padding and hit the ground running. It’s an exciting time for anyone who is on the field involved in a lively game of football. Whether you play professionally or you just enjoy playing on a community team, our River North, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists see a lot of the same foot injuries time-and-time again from sports. Look out for these common sports-related injuries:
While a stress fracture can happen on the field, this injury is often caused by a diet that is lacking in nutrients and an athlete who is overtraining. A stress fracture will cause tenderness and even swelling around the area. It may be difficult to put weight on the foot without experiencing pain.
If we suspect a stress fracture one of our River North, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and Schaumburg foot doctors will run imaging tests to see how severe the fracture is. For the minor causes, at-home remedies like icing, elevating, resting and avoiding certain activities will do the trick. More severe cases may be required to wear a cast.
With repeated hyperextension of the big toe comes a condition known as turf toe. Those with turf toe often known it because the symptoms are pretty standard across the board: pain and tenderness in the big toe, pain when pushing off the foot and pain when moving the toe joint. While we will recommend coming in just to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on, true turf toe can be treated by resting and icing the toe. We can also show you taping techniques to limit the big toe’s movement.
This condition is a pretty common cause of heel pain in athletes. This inflammatory foot problem can cause pain (particularly when taking the first few steps in the morning), tenderness near the heel and arch and even inflammation of the plantar fascia (which you won’t be able to see). Athletes can even strain this thick band of muscle, which can turn into plantar fasciitis if it isn’t properly cared for. Those with tight calf muscles and athletes who are overweight are more at risk for developing this condition.
Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and Schaumburg, IL is here to everyone, from the dedicated office worker to the marathoner. Feet should never be in pain or make it difficult to move around. If you are suffering from any foot problems that make moving a challenge, then it’s time you called us today!
Discover the best ways to tackle your heel pain and make moving around a whole lot easier.
Heel pain is certainly something you will notice when it happens to you. It may be painful getting out of the bed in the morning. You may find that running errands is a challenge let alone going on your daily jog. If heel pain has been affecting your day-to-day activities, it’s time you did something about it. Our Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL, podiatrists offer up some helpful hints for how to target and eliminate your heel pain.
What are some causes of heel pain?
Common causes include:
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Excessive pronation
When should I visit a Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North foot doctor?
While many people who start to notice heel pain often try and tackle the problem with home treatments like resting or icing, if you find that the issue doesn’t subside after two to three weeks then it’s time to make an appointment with us. Of course, those with diabetes, nerve damage or weakened immune systems should come in right away whenever there is an issue.
How can I treat my heel pain?
As we previously mentioned, many people can find relief through easy at-home measures such as:
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
- Wearing shoes that provide enough support and are properly fitted to your feet
- Wearing orthotics or shoe inserts that take pressure off the heel and arch
- Icing the heel for up to 15 minutes, at a time 2 to 3 times a day
- Resting and avoiding certain high-impact activities that could make your condition worse
- Performing daily foot stretching exercises to retrain and strengthen the muscles in the feet while also improving flexibility and range of motion.
If these options don’t work, then we may also recommend physical therapy, shockwave therapy, steroid injections or other more aggressive treatment options. Of course, surgery is always the last resort when it comes to treating chronic forms of foot pain.
Don’t let heel pain dictate what you can and can’t do. Turn to Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and River North, IL, for the care your feet deserve so that you can get back to what truly matters: your life!