With constant running and jumping, an athlete’s body undergoes a lot of wear and tear. Although you need strong legs to participate in sports, your feet do much of the work. When athletes are suffering from ankle or foot pain, they visit Physicians Footcare

Here are 4 common foot injuries found in athletes 

  • Turf Toe: If you feel any pain or tenderness in your big toe joint, this could be due to turf toe. Repetitive hyperextension of the big toe, normally from performing box jumps, Olympic lifts, and triple extensions, causes this common foot pain. To make sure the toe isn’t fractured, get an X-ray from a foot doctor. Once fractures are ruled out, tape the toe to provide support and restrict movement. You can also wear stiff-soled shoes for added support.


  • Bunions: Using ligaments and bones to support the foot when you walk instead of the muscles that support the arch cause bones to shift and bunions to form. If you feel foot pain on the inside of your big toe, you may have a bunion.


  • Stress Fractures: If you feel tenderness in your long foot bone or the top of your foot is swollen, you might have a stress fracture. A stress fracture is an uneven balance between bone cells used for bone turnover. Over-training causes this common foot injury in athletes. To alleviate pain, apply ice to the area. A foot doctor can take repeated X-rays over a three to four-week period to see if calluses have started to form along the stress fracture. If calluses aren’t visible, the foot specialist can perform an MRI to find the damage.


  • Plantar Fasciitis: Wearing shoes that provide little support when running and jumping causes inflammation and tearing of the plantar fascia. Symptoms include foot pain when you get up in the morning as well heel pain and arch tenderness



Call Physicians Footcare and schedule your appointment with one of our expert podiatrist to discuss treatment