As a runner, pain is often your most loyal training partner. Pain has no social calendar to work around or a sleep disorder to leave you pounding the pavement all alone during those early morning 5 milers. Determining which pain is your friend and which one merits a visit to your local sports medicine specialist […]
Ankle and foot injuries can cripple an athlete. Speed and explosiveness are dependent upon a proper functioning foot. There are five main parts of the ankle and foot that cause athletes pain and keep them on the sidelines: achilles tendon, ankle joint, arch and heel pain, foot and toes. The most common ankle and foot injuries are: xx (mike – I need to know which ones are most important). We’ll cover all of these athletic injuries, provide you with therapy tips and get you competing again in no time!
Stress fractures in the foot are usually characterized as an overuse injury of weight-bearing bones. High impact sports involving running and jumping such as distance running, basketball, tennis, and football are where most athletes with foot pain are found. Bones generally respond to stress by hardening along the outer margins of those bones. When bones […]
Understanding a Plantar Fascia Strain Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition with localized pain in the backside of the arch where it attaches to the underside of the heel bone or calcaneus. It is often the result of overstretching, overloading or tearing of the origin of the arch, which runs from the heel to the […]
Sinus Tarsi Syndrome is a rather common foot injury for stop-and-go type sports, which can leads to pain in the sinus tarsi region of the foot. Some refer to this area in front and slightly below the lateral malleolus as “the eye of the foot”. The sinus tarsus is a bony canal located on the outer (lateral) surface of the foot between the talus bone and midfoot.
Metatarsalgia is a general term relating to forefoot pain secondary to inflammation in the area of the distal foot and toes. The swelling involves the joints that connect the metatarsal bones of the foot and the phalanges (toe) bones. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th MTP joints are most often stricken with this disorder. With the […]
Ankle sprains remain the most common lower extremity injury in all of sports. From the minor “tweak” of the ankle to the high ankle sprain, the range of symptoms and the limitations vary greatly. The challenging factor with ankle sprains remains the ongoing vulnerability of the ankle joint for years after a sprain because of […]
Turf toe is an injury with a short name but a long history of pain in the NFL. With large men rapidly changing directions on varying surfaces, the forces originating at the ground level are extremely high. Simply stated, every football player move that you see on your plasma screen during Sunday’s game start at the foot and big toe.
In order to eliminate heel pain, we have to know what causes heel pain? Although the term heel pain is somewhat general, if you suffer from the condition you can testify to the significance of the injury. The source of the pain in the arch area on the underside of the foot can vary. Heel […]
Your Achilles tendon is a strong tendon in your body. It connects the calf muscles (made up of the gastrocnemius and soleus) located in the back of the lower leg to the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon can partially tear or completely rupture. It is more common for individuals over the age of […]
Most people don’t realize that the majority of bones in your foot are actually toes. Toes function to keep your balance as well as help you move as you run, walk or sprint. As a result, fractures, dislocations or bruises – all common toe injuries – can seriously affect your performance. Toe injuries can occur […]
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