Foot problems are a common occurrence, especially with athletes, who depend on their feet to perform. At one time or another just about every athlete will experience either pain or discomfort in his or her feet. While there are some things that can be done to minimize or prevent problems, they are still likely to occur simply because athletes use their feet all the time and they bear a lot of weight and stress. Wearing shoes made of quality materials and with adequate support and solid construction can make a big difference. Visiting a podiatrist as soon as major problems arise is a good idea and wearing shoes, which are the correct size, can also lessen the likelihood of foot problems.
Most recently, Dr. Charles Mutschler of Footcare Express stated, “Insite can help prevent some of the biomechanical faults that result in common foot problems that result in injuries such as plantar fasciitis, tibial stress fractures (shin splints), patellofemoral pains, stress fractures of the foot, and other overuse injuries.”
Arthritis, tendinitis in the achilles heel, pain in the ankles, burning feet, athletes foot, foot ulcers, gout, morton’s toe, neuropathy and heel fissures are all common foot problems that affect millions of people. Individuals may not only suffer from one of these conditions but many of them. This can mean that an athlete has extreme pain every time that they walk, run, or jog. In these cases and in most cases of severe foot pain, a visit to the podiatrist may be in order. Now, let’s take a little closer look at some of the common foot ailments we’ve listed above.
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a very common problem that affects the heels and the arches of athletes. It is the result of small tears in the plantar fascia. This condition can cause a lot of pain, discomfort and stiffness. To treat it, an individual may use Insite or custom orthotics. Anti-inflammation and pain medication may also be helpful.
Neuroma: This is a condition where irritation in the nerves occurs and causes swelling. The nerve may thicken and cause discomfort and pain. This often times affects the ball area of the foot.
Hammer Toes: Hammer toes are another pretty common foot condition. Individuals who have them essentially have a deformed toe. This is due to an imbalance in the tendons.
Achilles Tendinitis: Tendinitis of the achilles is another condition of that affects the foot area and which can be very painful. It is essentially the case of an inflamed achilles tendon. Over time, if it is not properly treated, the tendon take may become thicker and bumps or nodules may form on it. Eventually, if nothing is done, this can lead to the tearing of the tendon. This would obviously be quite painful and cause some serious problems. Surgery would be needed to repair a burst or ruptured Achilles tendon. This can be very costly and will require a cast and therapy. To avoid this, it is important to seek proper treatment and care.