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The World Cup is upon us! For all the soccer fans out there, it’s an exciting time to get together and watch the talented international superstars face off each other. After opening ceremonies, it might even stir up some inspiration to go out and score some of your own goals as well.

As a fan, you might have concerns about some of the previous injuries that some of the soccer players (footballers) have incurred. They might affect whether or not they get to participate. For example, we know that Brazil’s Dani Alves is already out of the world cup due to a knee injury, while Neymar’s future is also uncertain after his broken foot in March. He’s been seen to join in on practice, but we’ll see what happens!

So what are some common soccer foot injuries we should be on the lookout for during the world cup?

  • Ankle sprains - Ranging from mild to severe (Grade I to III), ligaments can become injured (or even torn) while running, jumping, twisting, or when there is a collision between soccer players.
  • Fractures and broken bones - When there is traumatic impact or repetitive stress on the foot or ankle bones, the bone is subject to pressure that can make the bones crack or break.
  • Sever’s Disease - Commonly affecting active children, a sports injury due to impact can cause problems with the growth plate of the heel bone.
  • Overuse injuries - There are certain injuries that can develop due to repetitive motions and strains on the feet and ankles, such as pushing off the forefoot for sprinting. These are called overuse injuries and include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and sesamoiditis.

Let’s hope that none of these injuries appear during the World Cup, but it’s not unlikely, given that our soccer players will be playing their hearts out!

If you have sustained a foot or ankle sports injury in all the excitement of the World Cup, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office to see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll. At Crofton Podiatry, we will use the latest treatment options to take care of your foot and ankle care needs. Visit our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie, MD areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
April 06, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ball of foot   sesamoiditis   big toe  

That’s a mouthful to say, don’t you think?

But dancers, runners, and baseball catchers know it all too well as a common injury for their respective sports. The sesamoids in the feet are 2 small bones that are not directly connected to other bones at a joint. They sit under the big toe joint and are only connected to tendons or in muscle tissue.

When the tendons around the sesamoids become inflamed or injured, the condition is called sesamoiditis, which is a form of tendonitis. Normally, the sesamoids allow for tendons to move about over them, but when there is overuse or an injury, that motion can cause inflammation and pain. The action of standing or sitting on tippy-toes, hard and repetitive impact on the bones, and blunt trauma injuries to the bones can cause sesamoiditis, which is the reason why certain athletes are familiar with this condition.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Since sesamoiditis is an inflammatory issue, there will likely be swelling, in addition to bruising, depending on the cause of the condition.
  • The big toe joint, where it meets the ball of the foot will experience pain. This pain can grow overtime, especially if it is an overuse injury.
  • It may be painful to move or bend the big toe.
  • You may not be able to stand and bear weight on the ball of your feet.

What are the Treatment options?

  • Rest (stop the activity), Ice, and Elevate to reduce swelling. If you have pain, you can take pain killers like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
  • Use cushioning like a felt or foam pad to reduce pressure on the sesamoids.
  • Avoid putting weight on the balls of the feet.
  • Wear soft-soled, low-heeled shoes. Stiff-soled shoes like clogs may also be comfortable.
  • If the pain and swelling is severe, you should see your podiatrist. He may recommend a steroid injection to reduce swelling.
  • If you think the sesamoids could be fractured, see a podiatrist right away or go to the emergency room.

Worried about a sesamoid injury or pain? Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry will assess your foot issues and provide the highest quality of care to get you back on your feet. Make an appointment to find out what the appropriate treatment should be by calling (410) 721-4505. Our team is ready to assist you at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas.

By Crofton Podiatry
November 16, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips

If scaling walls or actual mountainsides wasn’t hard enough, climbers also have to deal with the physical demands and health issues that come with the sport. In particular, all climbers will know the gruesome issues that come with rock climbing shoes, from the tight fit and the stinky odors that usually seem to follow.

Depending on how often you go climbing, you may experience issues more or less often. Some climbers do not even experience the typical toe and foot pain, while others develop long-term conditions like bunions, metatarsal pain, sesamoiditis, and possibly even fractures in the foot bones. Additionally, hygiene is always a concern as indoor climbing spaces and locker rooms are often shared amongst many people. This leads to increased risk of spreading germs and developing infections if everyone does not maintain cleanliness.

The following are helpful tips for climbers to upkeep foot health:

  • Find the right shoes. For some, you might need to get some spot-stretching done on the shoes where pressure points always give you pain. Shoes should not be overly tight (i.e. cutting off circulation), but snug so that your toes and 
  • feet act as one. Discomfort is expected, but extreme pain and restrictive shoes are not okay.
  • Clean your shoes, inside and out. After climbing, it is a good idea to wipe the inside and outside of the shoes. If you’re not washing them, make sure they are sanitized and fully dry before next use.
  • Check for worn down rubber, insoles, and even rotting leather. After many uses, the shoes will start to wear down. If bacteria start to build up, it can begin to rot the leather parts of the shoes.
  • If you can, take your shoes off between climbs. The pointed nature of the climbing shoe is to make your feet like one unit. It pushes all the forces toward the point, putting immense pressure on the big toe joint (like in ballet shoes). Keeping your feet in the restrictive shoes can cause excessive strain on the feet. Let them breathe and rest. Stretch out your feet and toes.
  • Make sure your hands and feet are clean before and after climbing. Starting off with stinky feet will make it worse for your shoes and for everyone else using the climbing walls after. Tea tree oil can be anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.

If you experience pain or need advice on whether or not climbing may be an activity that your feet can endure, consult with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry. Also serving the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas, our team will work with you to provide the best treatment available. Call to make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office today, at (410) 721-4505.

 

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.




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