Late spring will soon become summer; a whole new season of warm-weather has arrived! As we transition to the sports we enjoy during the temperate months ahead, it’s easy to forget that different sports require different sets of muscles, altered postures, and clothing and gear we’re not yet accustomed to. Serious athletes and amateurs of every age will be more vulnerable to injuries until they get re-acclimated to their favorite fair-weather sports.
Running – Stress fractures of the foot
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in a bone that are caused by repetitive impact on feet, often from long distance running or jumping repeatedly. When starting a new running regimen, specialists recommend starting slowly, and increasing distance by no more than 10 percent per week. Runners in training also need to make sure to rest adequately in between runs to prevent injury.
Wearing supportive athletic shoes is especially important. Local specialty shops that sell running shoes often have an in-store specialist to analyze your gait and recommend shoes that are best for your foot and running ability. If you experience any discomfort while running, or suffer from any unusual foot mechanics, such as over-pronation or hypermobility, you should see a podiatrist and invest in custom orthotics before starting a new running program.
Skateboarding – Repeated foot impact and tricks can take their toll
Sprains and fractures (traumatic or stress) of the foot and ankle are common among skateboarders. Other injuries run the gamut, from minor bruises to open cuts, to more serious injuries that might require surgery. Wearing protective gear while skateboarding is critical. Supportive and protective shoes are also necessary. Orthotic inserts can provide extra support.
The forceful, repetitive motions required for skateboarding can also cause painful ankle, foot and heel conditions, such as sprains, plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, and Achilles tendonitis.
Golf – Your swing can suffer if you have foot pain
Your feet must be in top condition for your golf swing to be at its best. Pain in the ball of your foot, heel or big toe can take your golf swing from swell to suffering.
Heel pain – from plantar fasciitis or a bone spur – makes it difficult to keep a solid stance while swinging a golf club. Just bearing weight can be painful.
Neuromas are a thickening of the tissue surrounding the digital nerve leading to the toes. When you swing a club, you transfer your weight from one foot to the other; a neuroma makes this action painful.
Arthritis of the ankle or big toe joint can make it painful to follow through on your golf swing. Tendonitis is another injury that causes discomfort and affects your balance. If you have developed calluses or corns on your feet, orthotics can help.
If your foot discomfort is interfering with your summer recreation, call us today! Dr. O and her team of experts at Podiatry Associates, P.C. can treat your pain and restore your game. Call 303-805-5156 today to schedule your appointment in Aurora, Castle Pines, Cherry Creek or Parker, CO.