Spooky season is here, let’s prevent our feet from looking spooky too, if possible. Read more to learn about common accidents that you can try to prevent in order to avoid foot injuries.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common forms of foot pain. It affects more than 2 million people a year! Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation that occurs in the bottom of the foot and feels very sharp and tight. The ligament that this inflammation occurs in attaches to the bottom of the heel and extends through the arch and into the toes. This causes a large area of pain!
Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among swimmers and athletes due to the repetitive motion ankles endure. Achilles tendonitis involves the achilles tendon which runs from your calf muscle to your heel. Your tendon can feel like it’s popping, which is often accompanied by severe pain. It can also feel like dull pain in the back of your lower calf muscle. Proper stretching before and after exercising, along with keeping your calf and leg muscles strong, are great tips to prevent these injuries. Wear supportive shoes when working out or during most of the day when you’re not training.
The most common area to be sprained is the ankle. A sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the bones of the ankle are torn or stretched. If you have sprained your ankle, you may notice a throbbing pain, swelling, or bruising. The difference between a sprain and a break is that breaks are diagnosed when the bone has actually fractured or broken. There are 28 bones in each foot. That’s a lot of areas that could fracture or break. When you twist your ankle or foot in an odd or awkward position, this is what leads to sprains or breaks.
Wearing improper footwear and not listening to your body when it tells you something is wrong are two main reasons people incur injuries. Stretch and prep appropriately before exercising and be aware of uneven surfaces when you are walking.
At Howard County Foot and Ankle, we treat everything from warts and ingrown toenails to flatfeet and heel pain. Many people come to us for diabetic foot care or simply because they have foot pain or ankle pain and don’t know the cause of it. We handle emergencies such as fractures and infections as well. Dr. Bui performs a wide variety of surgeries and specializes in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. You won’t find a better foot doctor than our highly skilled and highly qualified, Dr. Christina Bui! We would love to be your go-to Podiatrist!