For the athlete inside you, you must find it exciting to run long miles or participate in contact sports. We tend to be so focused on our athletic goals that we forget about the impact of physical activity on our feet and ankles.
Today we’d like to share a few different common injuries for runners and athletes alike. It may help identify if you are currently suffering from one of these conditions and most importantly, how to prevent it from happening in the future. Below are the top 6 most common injuries:
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.
- Heel spur:
A heel spur is a calcium deposit. This deposit leads to a bony protrusion on the heel bone. This can become extremely painful in the rear-foot. You will feel most of it while you stand and walk. Runners who have flat feet or high arches are the ones more prone to heel spurs than those who don’t.
- Stress fractures:
Runners have a higher risk for stress fractures due to the continual stress given on their ankles and feet. A stress fracture is like a small crack in the bone, not like the typical fracture where the person has gotten a bone broken. However, the condition is still painful.
- Plantar Fasciitis:
Plantar Fascia is a band of fibrous tissue that supports the arch of your foot. In cases when you run excessively, the Plantar Fascia may absorb too much stress. As a result, they become inflamed and hurt. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis. This causes pain, and such conditions need immediate treatments.
For a runner, these injuries will be a part of the journey. The best you can do is to ensure that you have applied all preventive measures. You will have to plan your running schedule in a way to let your feet relax and provide sufficient time to recover if such an injury happens. We know that for any enthusiast, the grind is worth it!
If you believe you’ve suffered an injury from running or playing a sport, Great Neck Podiatry is at your service. From routine checkups to surgery, we have a team of experts who are well versed in podiatric foot care. We can address all your podiatric needs and ensure that you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.