Whether you are a serious basketball player or a casual jogger, your an athlete and we want to keep you functioning at your best! That’s why we crafted this week’s blog post around common foot injuries for athletes. It’s a great way to learn what could happen and take the necessary precautions to ensure you are injury free! Let’s start with the most common type of injury:
We understand that the thought of blisters is painful in itself. Though not a severe injury but blisters cause acute pain. They can occur very easily. This can happen due to your feet getting wet and not being allowed enough time to dry. When you run excessively while wearing your running shoes, it is imperative that your feet will be sweaty for a long time. This makes them prone to blisters. As a runner, make sure that your shoes are a good fit and you wear socks that absorb excess moisture. You will be good to go!
- Black toenails:
Black toenails or subungual hematoma is caused when your toes face friction against the front of the running shoes. This can happen if the shoes are ill-fitting or when you run downhill. Your toes become bruised as well as inflamed. In such cases, the runner often loses the nail. As said, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Wear the shoe of the right size and make sure that you lace your shoe correctly. This is your best shot to prevent this from happening.
- Ankle sprain:
A sprain can be moderate and may only cause minimal pain in a few cases. However, in other cases, it may be so severe that one begins to experience difficulty in walking. Ankle sprains are caused by twisting of the foot that directly damages the ligaments of the ankle. Even if it is not severe, you should always opt for an appointment with a practitioner.
If you feel that you currently are experiencing one of these injuries or have questions on what to do to prevent it, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff at Family Foot Center. Our expert podiatric team cares deeply about ensuring your overall foot health. We offer two convenient locations in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach! Enough about the fine print, what are your favorite physical activities? Comment below on the ways your keep your feet and ankles safe as an athlete!