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By Crofton Podiatry
April 09, 2019
Category: sports injuries

With more and more activity coming this Spring, athletes often develop foot problems. Three of the most common include Turf Toe, Stress fractures and Tarsal Tunnel syndrome

Turf Toe

Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe from excessive upward bending of the big toe. Jamming the toe or repeated push-offs when running or jumping can also cause Turf Toe. Sports such as basketball, running, football, tennis, soccer, wrestling, dancing and gymnastics are often prone to this. Turf toe is common on artificial turf.

Treatment for Turf Toe includes:

  • Rest – Temporarily stopping the activity causing the pain.
  • Ice – putting ice on the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes 3 times a day until the pain disappears.
  • Compression and elevation – wrapping the toe to stabilize and support it and keeping it elevated above your heart when at rest.
  • Surgery – in the most extreme cases surgery may be needed.

Stress fractures are caused by sudden force which causes a split in the bones. Fractures can also occur with repeated lower force trauma to the foot. Poor diet and menstrual irregularities can also contribute to fractures as do bulimia and anorexia since they all affect bone health.

Treatment for a Stress fracture includes:

  • Rest – Stopping your activity will allow your fracture to heal.
  • Ice – place ice on the effected area the recommended 20 to 30 minutes, 3 times a day until better.
  • Better fitting footwear – wear footwear that strongly supports your feet.
  • Increase activity slowly – when healed do not rush back to the same level of activity. Slowly build your workout according to how you feel.

The third condition athletes can suffer from is Tarsal Tunnel syndrome. Tarsal Tunnel is when the posterior tibial nerve in the space between your bones and tissue is pinched causing the base of your foot to go numb.

Treatment includes:

  • Pain meds – anti-inflammatory medicine.
  • Cortisone – shots of this pain reliever in the foot.
  • Better fitting footwear – Wearing more supportive footwear. See your podiatrist for recommendations.
  • Surgery –a podiatrist will cut the tarsal tunnel and relieve pressure on the tibial nerve.

What is good about these is that they can all be successfully treated with a visit to your podiatrist.

If you believe you may any of the above conditions or any other concerns with your feet, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. He will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments. Call Crofton Podiatry at (410) 721-4505, which provides services to Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas. 

 

‘Tunnel vision’ seems to have set-in again for the potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie. New Jersey Governor Christie is once again considering a plan to increase commuter access between New Jersey and Manhattan by expanding tunnel access across the Hudson River. To the residents of New Jersey this on-going saga couldn’t seem like more of a pain, however, tunnels of a different sort are causing very real pain and misery all over the U.S. These tunnels, such as the infamous carpal tunnel in our hand or the tarsal tunnel just behind our ankles, act as small passages for nerves, arteries and tendons into our periphery, and when trapped can cause significant pain to the extremity.

 

For those unfamiliar with the tarsal tunnel, it is a small passage behind the inside of our ankles. This particular tunnel holds the posterior tibial nerve, a nerve primarily responsible for the muscle control and sensation to parts of our feet. Ankle injuries, systemic disease, biomechanical problems, and many problems can all cause this tunnel to become compressed, placing excessive pressure on the nerves and vessels which pass through. This entrapment is what causes the numbness, tingling, and sometimes even shooting pain in our feet.

 

If you ever feel these symptoms in your feet, it is imperative that you see a local foot specialist immediately, as a compressed tarsal tunnel may cause irreversible nerve damage. Following examination and diagnosis, your local physician may try a multitude of options to reduce this compression, orthotic shoe devices, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and custom footwear.  In severe situations, ankle surgery may even be required.

 

While tunnel issues may be a pain in the necks of citizens of New Jersey, don’t let tarsal tunnel pains become a problem in your feet! No matter where you live in the Crofton, Gambrills, or Annapolis area of Maryland, pain in your ankles or feet is not normal and should be checked by a local specialist before any permanent damage can set in and if you’re in the area don’t hesitate to call Crofton Podiatry for an appointment.

 

By Brad Toll.




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