We expect a lot from our feet. From the minute we get out of bed until the minute we crawl back into bed to go to sleep, our feet have to carry us through the day. Pain in the foot area can travel upwards toward the rest of the body, and sometimes pain or stress in our upper body can travel down to our feet. So that makes treating any foot issues that arrive especially critical. It may help to think of a body without fully functional feet as like a house with a cracked foundation. If the foundation isn’t repaired, then the cracks will spread to the rest of the structure.
We can sustain injuries in our foot and ankle area even if we aren’t a professional athlete or a jogger who runs ten miles a week. Our feet still have to absorb plenty of shock just from daily activities, and that means sometimes we’ll suffer from conditions like plantar fasciitis or turf toe. The former can cause significant pain along the arch and heel, and the pain is often the strongest in the morning. Did you just start an intense new training regimine? Plantar fasciitis is most common in newer, less experienced athletes, according to the foot specialists at Podiatry Inc. in Beachwood, OH.
Turf toe, however, occurs as a result of “repetitive hyperextension” in your big toe. If that doesn’t sound fun, it’s because it isn’t. It can be both painful and annoying. Turf toe gets its name from its association with football players and artificial turf, but it can affect just about anyone. It’s one of many reasons why finding the right athletic shoe is so crucial to avoiding injuries. Feet that aren’t being properly supported are more susceptible to injury. If something feels off when you’re exercising, then stop exercising. Trying to push through the pain might just make it worse. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible to get treatment.
Sprains and fractures
Sprains and fractures can and often do occur without any warning. We’re walking to the break room at work when we trip over our own feet and land awkwardly on our ankle, or we’re running to catch the bus when a piece of uneven pavement sends us sprawling. If you can’t put weight on your foot or ankle, that’s a sign of trouble. A sprain means you’ve stretched or torn something, while a broken bone is just what it sounds like. It can sometimes be tough to tell the difference between the two unless, say, the bone is sticking out of your skin. People with broken bones often report hearing a snap as well. Numbness is more likely to occur when there’s a fracture, while someone with a sprain will often be in a fair amount of pain as soon as the injury occurs. If you aren’t sure what kind of foot or ankle injury you have, it’s best to go see a doctor right away rather than just stay at home Googling your symptoms. A sprain may get better without medical intervention, but a fracture needs to be treated as soon as possible.