In our experience, with the foot and ankle, we witness children between 10 and 14 experience heel pain as a result of inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon, which is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, inserts into the back of the heel bone, just behind the growth plate. Kids in track, soccer, and gymnastics will often develop this condition, known as “Sever’s disease”.
Foot and Ankle Problems in Georgia Sports
In addition, Podiatry Group of Georgia points out that runners and those frequently walking on a treadmill can both develop a stress fracture. This occurs when someone abruptly increases their mileage or number of times per week they are exercising. A stress fracture is usually an overuse type of injury that produces acute bone swelling leading to a crack in the bone. They are treated with a period of non-weight bearing to the affected area, and usually require crutches and a cast or cast boot until the bone heals.
Tendinitis can develop with an increase in mileage or with any repetitive activity. In the foot and ankle, we see tendonitis develop in the Achilles tendon, or on the inside or outside of the ankle depending on the foot type and mechanics. If you have an area of your ankle that swells up with activity, and becomes sore, you probably have a case of tendonitis. Controlling foot mechanics with the proper shoes and arch supports can often prevent or be used to treat a case of tendonitis.
Foot and Ankle Problems- Prevention
There are a lot of things you can do to prevent injuries such as stretching your foot and ankle before and after exercising. Finding the right shoes is important as well. When beginning an exercise program, make sure you start out slowly. If you have flat arches, it is wise to purchase arch supports or orthotics sized for your needs. Whenever you experience any type of pain, ice the area or seek medical help if it remains.
It is important to not ignore any pain you might experience, it can develop into a bigger problem. Contact us if you have any questions or feel you need treatement.
What are you doing to prevent foot and ankle problems while playing sports?