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Its official – the 2014 football season is well underway and in full swing! In the mire of foam fingers, painted faces, and nacho platters that are now sure to flood your weekend festivities, it is truly a joyous time for celebration (if your team wins that is!). Despite all the celebration and weekend festivities associated with game day rituals, Players such as Chargers’ Manti Te’o or (Toe-O as we’re referring to him) are already losing game time due to injuries to their feet. Whether you’re playing professionally, academically, or just in the backyard the long-term mental capacity damage from repetitive concussions is deeply concerning.

However, in the light of the recent scandals regarding concussions to the head, people often forget the extremely debilitating injuries that occur on the other side of the body – the feet! Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common in high-impact sports such as football, and can lead to a number of long-term problems. In addition to the number of sprains, fractures, and tendon injuries that may occur, football players are also prone to a number of other injuries such as turf toe, Sesamoiditis, Plantar fasciitis, and even Achilles tendonitis or rupture. Oftentimes, many of these injuries take much longer to heal than the participant will accept, and this can lead to additional injuries and a worse overall prognosis.

Team sports are excellent for developing personal skills, personal fitness and for just overall fun!  However, parents of students playing football in the Annapolis and Crofton areas should take extra caution to be sure their teens are training and playing properly to avoid injury.  Below are my pro-tips for reducing injury during any physical activity.  As always, if an injury is suspected and is beyond self-care it is important that you seek proper medical care immediately to prevent long-term damage!

The Crofton Podiatry tips for reducing football injury to the lower extremity:

·         Be sure to properly warm up prior to any sports activity

·         Condition your muscles for the sport in the off season

·         Choose athletic shoes specifically for your foot type

·         Replace athletic shoes when the tread wears out or the heels wear down

·         Prevent recurrent injury by listening to your body!

·         Listen to your body

By Brad Toll.


By Brad Toll
December 06, 2014
Category: Shin Splints

While football is busy taking most of the attention in the States, its international competitor futbol is catching some recent headlines. Recently, Manchester United’s Phil Jones has picked up yet another injury, with this time being shin splints! Jones had only been back on the field less than a week after being forced to miss four games due to a hamstring injury. While Jones was thought to have recovered from the previous injury, and was training for a past Sunday’s Premier League game against longtime rival Chelsea. However, on the Saturday before the game, Jones started to feel soreness in the front of his legs and was unable to play in both the Sunday game against Chelsea and the Monday Old Tafford clash vs. the Blues. Unfortunately for now, the team’s managers are still unsure how long it will take Jones to recover.

As many of my patients in the Crofton and Gambrills area of Maryland know, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to get shin splints. In fact, many of my patients who present with this horrible pain are just trying to get started in a running routine. Unfortunately, the severe pain we feel in our shins is actually caused by small tears in the area where our lower leg muscles attach to our shin bone (or tibia).  These tears occur because of over-use and overstretching of these muscles, especially following periods or inactivity, or during extended use.

Some of the best ways we can prevent or reduce the occurrence of shin splints is making sure we have the right shoes for our body type, and making sure to stretch our calves and legs regularly even when we aren’t involved in exercise. Additionally, always being sure to use warm up and cool down exercises, and to take breaks when you start feeling shin splints coming on. Taking these necessary precautions may reduce the severity and recurrence of these muscle pains. Ultimately, anytime you have longstanding pain that isn’t easily resolved, it is vital that you see a local specialist. They will be able to study your body type to truly get to the bottom of what is causing your pain, and can focus on finding the true source of your pain, rather than just treating the symptoms itself. And if you’re in our neck of the woods don’t hesitate to call us Crofton Podiatry!

By Brad Toll.


Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder recently broke the ice regarding the Jones fracture that has been keeping him off the courts. “It's definitely a different experience for me," Durant said Tuesday as he addressed the press conference, “Everything is progressing, and I'm looking forward to these next few weeks of getting better." Additionally, Kevin called the injury ‘basically a win-win, because I'm learning a lot while I'm out about the game, and my teammates are getting lots of opportunities because there are a lot of minutes out there to help the team."

Last season, Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games and played the most minutes in the league since 2007 (20,717).Durant first noticed pain in his right foot earlier this month. After seeking medical attention physicians were quick to notice that Durant had broken the base of his small toe, something that we call a ‘Jones Fracture’. Typically these require surgery, and as in the case with Durant, a screw is typically inserted to reconnect the dislocated piece of bone. Due to the nature of the operation, being non-weight bearing is a must during the postoperative course. However, Durant was quick to continue his optimism stating, "If I would've kept playing on it without surgery, it could (have become) worse."

Our feet make up over 25% of our body’s bones, and as a result, can lead to many many different types of injuries. In total there are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in each foot. While our feet may not seem like much, they are truly very complex structures that have are the basis of mobility and livelihood. Any pain in our feet is an indicator that something isn’t right and if continued, may lead to significant injury. So today we could all learn a little from Durant – if you’re feeling pain in your feet, it is best to get it checked out by a foot and ankle specialist before it becomes worse! If you’re in the Anne Arundel or PG county areas, don’t hesitate to give us a call for more information about how we can serve you at Crofton Podiatry.

 

By Brad Toll.





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