Common Sports-Related Foot Injuries

Sports-related foot injuries are common, and your feet and ankles can certainly take a beating.

Achilles Tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis occurs because of overuse and degeneration over time, which is often the case with sports. It affects the biggest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon.

Plantar Fasciitis: This occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissues that supports your arch, absorbs too much stress. Tissues are strained from activities such as running and, when the tissues become inflamed, it can cause pain at the bottom of the heel. This is becoming an increasingly common condition and almost two million people are treated for it each year. Most people can recover without surgery, and with rest, ice, and physical therapy they can resume normal activity. Any exercises that can stretch the calves and feet are also recommended to reduce pain.

Stress Fractures: Those who participate in basketball, tennis, dance, gymnastics, and running are more likely to develop stress fractures in the foot and ankle because of the amount of stress that is placed on those areas of the body. Improper equipment and lack of technique or conditioning can also disrupt the foot mechanics and cause the stress fracture. When the impact is repeated, the bone and muscle can’t absorb the stress and a stress fracture can occur. It can happen anywhere in the foot or ankle.

Neuroma: This condition involves a pinched nerve in the foot and the symptom that people experience is pain between the toes while walking. There isn’t an exact cause, but those who overuse or stress the feet have been known to develop this condition. Other contributing factors include feet with high arches or flat feet, shoe style, and trauma. Any of these factors can cause inflammation, which can lead to a neuroma. Non-surgical treatment is often used for this condition.

Heel Spur: Athletes who have very flat feet or higher arches are more prone to heel spurs, which occur when a calcium deposit creates a bony protrusion on the heel bone. Other factors include running on hard surfaces, walking with stress on the heel, and improper footwear. Treatment is usually done non-surgically with physical therapy and orthotics.

5 Ways To Prevent Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is spread by direct contact. In the summer months, there are more opportunities for adults and children to be barefoot and therefore a greater risk of getting athlete’s foot.

Beach Bag Essentials

Summer’s finally here and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Centers we want to know, is there a beach day in your future? A seaside vacation is very enjoyable but, there can be potential hazards for your feet and ankles.

5 Scary Reasons Why Flip Flops Destroys Your Feet

When the weather starts to warm up, the wardrobe begins to change. Instead of the jackets and scarves, out come the tank tops and shorts. With the changes come up top comes the summertime footwear. Slip out of your boots and into some lighter shoes....

Gout Affects More Men than Women

This month we recognize as Men’s Health Month. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, that gives us a chance to highlight a podiatric condition whose highest risk category is men between the ages of 40 and 60: gout.

6 Reasons To Call a Podiatrist

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we would always rather see our patients on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with lower extremity pain and discomfort.

Myths about Skin Cancer

here are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States and that number continues to rise. The irony of this is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of the disease.

Foot Health Tips for Seniors

It’s May and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re celebrating our senior patients in honor of Older Americans Month. In our practice, we serve patients in all age groups and each has its own particular foot health care needs.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself...

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.
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