Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis

By Dr. Shabana Chowdhury, DPM, AACFAS
June 21, 2018
Category: Sports Injuries

With the World Cup in full effect, fans of soccer fans are more encouraged to not just watch the sport but also play. But before you run to the nearest sporting goods store be aware that not all shoes are made equally. Cleats can be worn while playing baseball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. However, each of these sports requires a different type of cleat that is designed for the game surface and the types of movement required of the players.

Cleats have metal projections on the soles to allow traction on the playing field to allow the athlete to perform. If they are fitted properly they provide excellent support and control. However, many athletes develop foot pain from cleats due to ill-fitting shoes. Always make sure you know the sizing of the sport specific shoe prior to purchasing. For example, soccer cleats are sized like regular shoes but may be narrower at the top of the shoe. Leather cleats will stretch more after wear so they should be snug when tried on initially. Do not purchase and attempt to wear cleats that feel too small or cramp any part of the foot.

As mentioned before, cleats allow for better grip to the ground, thus enhancing the athlete’s performance.  However, this increased traction also causes a higher chance of getting an ankle sprain. A sprain occurs when the soft tissue structures around the ankle are abnormally stretched.  Torn ligaments may also occur from pivoting or having a foot caught while trying to move in another direction quickly. Shoes without padding or cleats that don’t fit properly may also cause plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can cause arch pain and also a burning sensation in the heel. A podiatrist will be able to help decrease this pain with a low profile custom orthotic that can be worn inside of cleats. Tight cleats may also cause blisters on the back of heels due to rubbing on the skin.

So before you start playing, be sure to have your cleats broken in prior to wearing in a competitive environment. If you have any pre-existing foot and ankle conditions, speak to a podiatrist before wearing cleats.

Sports Injuries With the NBA finals fast approaching, one could certainly say that 'tis the season of basketball! Even if you're not a professional or collegiate athlete, but enjoy a pick-up game of hoops every now and then, you should always make sure your feet are in tip-top shape if you want to perform your best each time you hit the court.

At Associated Podiatrists, the health of your feet are of the utmost importance, as the expert staff on site make it their mission to help your feet remain strong and agile for every basketball move you make. It is with this expertise that your risk for suffering foot-related sports injuries plummets, helping to ensure that you've got your A-game on full display each day!

Take a look at some simple facts about your sports-related podiatric pains and how to prevent them in the future below:

Foot Problems Can Be Largely Genetic

Oftentimes, athletes and others suffering from heel pain have either extremely high or extremely low arches. When the footwear they wear doesn't provide proper support, it only compounds the issue, increasing the risk for sports injuries in the process. Also, being overweight or being on hard surfaces (such as concrete) for long periods of time during the day can cause persistent foot pains as well.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common basketball foot injuries. Typically caused by overpronation of the feet over time, plantar fasciitis can lead to heel pain that persists throughout the day.

Other Causes Of Foot Pain

Conditions such as tendonitis, arthritis, or nerve issues can further cause and continue to exacerbate heel pain. Also, heel spurs can cause perpetual discomfort.

How To Protect Sports Feet

If you're out there on the court often this time of year (or any time of the year, for that matter), it might behoove you to treat your feet with a daily dose of ice after games, stretching before and after games, and wearing only the most comfortable basketball shoes. Also, splints and physical therapy can help you overcome troubled sports feet.

If your foot pain is more serious, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) can be relied on by podiatric experts for optimum foot relief.

For more information on treating sports injuries and residual heel pain, call the foot experts at Associated Podiatrists at (631) 400-3085  for the answers you've been looking for right here in Huntington, NY!



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