In ordinary everyday life, we use our feet and ankles a lot. They get us everywhere we need to go at all sorts of paces. They are so important yet we often forget about them. Sometimes this forgetfulness can cause a problem. This is because when someone uses their feet continuously, over time the foot and the ankle can begin to suffer from injuries. These injuries can range from mild to severe. All of them should be treated by a professional podiatrist for the best results.
- Sever's Disease – This overuse disease is caused from inflammation of the heel bone. It occurs before the body's skeleton is fully mature. Its main target of attack is the growth plate near where the Achilles tendon attaches itself to the foot. A heel pad, heel cup, rest, ice, stretching, and modified exercising can help this disorder. In order to prevent it from occurring, jumping should be limited. Sometimes, in more severe cases, casting is required for treatment.
- Plantar Fasciitis – This condition causes inflammation of the sole of the foot also known as the plantar arch. It is most bothersome first thing in the morning and usually gets better throughout the day. It can last for a long or short period of time and can come back in waves if not properly treated. Arch supports, rest, ice, and modified exercises are helpful when treating this condition.
- Achilles Tendonitis – This painful disorder is caused by the overuse of the Achilles tendon. A lot of jumping typically causes this condition. In most cases, it affects people aged 14 and up. Anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice, exercise, and stretching can help this condition heal over time.
- Stress Fracture – Stress fractures occur when the body is subjected to repeated episodes of micro traumas. Usually a sudden increase in exercise will cause these types of fractures. If these fractures are not properly treated, they can become more severe and cause a full fracture to the body part.
Do you play sports and expose your feet to overuse repeatedly? Are you suffering from arch or tendon pain? Then it is time to call Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Dr. Joseph C. Stuto of Stuto Foot Specialist, located in Brooklyn, New York. These highly trained podiatrists will diagnose your overuse injury and get you back up on your feet in no time. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. You will not be disappointed.