Posts for: January, 2018
Turf toe is a sprain of the joint just below the big toe, also known as the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. This foot injury is particularly common among athletes who play on artificial turf, hence the name “turf” toe. When athletes play sports on turf or other hard surfaces, the foot can stick to the ground, resulting in jamming of the big toe joint.
Typically the injury is sudden, but it can also occur after sustaining multiple injuries, such as pushing off repeatedly when running or jumping. Although it’s a condition most commonly associated with dancers, soccer players, wrestlers, gymnasts and football players, you don’t have to be an athlete to get it.
Symptoms of turf toe range from mild to severe, and may gradually worsen with continued movement. The most common symptoms of turf toe include:
Swelling and pain at the joint of the big toe
Pain and tenderness when bending the toe
Stiffness and limited movement of the big toe joint
If your symptoms are indicative of turf toe, then you may be able to relieve the pain and swelling with the following self-treatment, including:
Ice the injury
Apply a compression bandage
Rest and temporarily discontinue any physical activity
Wear a brace to protect the toe and to limit bending
For more severe cases of turf toe, visit our office for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. A podiatrist can easily diagnose turf toe through an evaluation that includes a range of motion and joint stability tests.
Professional treatment may include exercises to strengthen the toe, modified footwear or splinting. With proper treatment, you can eliminate pain resulting from turf toe and return to your favorite sport or activity!
When your feet aren’t working correctly, you may experience injuries and pain in other areas of the body, such as the knees, hips and back. Even the slightest changes from the norm, such as leg length discrepancies or fallen arches, can have a huge impact on your entire body’s ability to function properly without pain or injury.
If you’re an athlete, many sports-related injuries develop from poor biomechanics of the foot. Athletes with poor foot mechanics are more prone to sustaining lower extremity injuries. As your body tries to compensate for any anomalies, your muscles, joints and tendons are placed under excessive stress.
It’s important that athletes visit their podiatrist for a thorough assessment of their biomechanics at the first sign of a problem or pain, including foot discomfort, poor balance or unexplained corns and calluses. An assessment of your low limbs will help identify what happens in your legs and feet when you walk, stand and run. A professional evaluation is critical for successful prevention and treatment of any injury or condition.
Many sports injuries can be traced back to biomechanical problems, including:
Calluses and corns
Once our practice has identified the problem and cause of your pain, a tailor made treatment plan can be created to restore your lower extremities and feet to their normal function, thus improving your game. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:
Exercises and therapy to stretch or strengthen muscles
Orthotic devices are worn inside the shoe to control, realign or cushion the abnormalities, thus reducing discomfort
Don’t let poor foot biomechanics compromise your game. Whether you are a full-time athlete or a weekend warrior, your podiatrist can help you return to your favorite sporting activity. Not only will your performance improve, but you’ll significantly reduce your chance of injuring yourself again. So do the right thing for your body and contact your podiatrist today!
Think you may have equinus? In this foot and ankle condition, the upward bending motion of the ankle joint is limited. Equinus can occur in one or both feet. HOSEY Foot & Ankle centers, which has offices in Clinton Township, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Mount Clemens, MI, offers treatments for equinus.
Individuals with equinus lack the flexibility to bring the top of the foot toward the front of the leg. Equinus develops slowly over time and can be the underlying cause of pain in many areas of the ankle, foot, and leg. Equinus is often a condition that is found in conjunction with other ankle and foot problems.
Sometimes equinus is caused by spasms in the calf muscle. In some individuals, this tightness is genetically inherited, and sometimes it's present at birth. Often, it's due to tightness in the calf muscles or Achilles tendon. Additionally, diabetes can affect the tendon fibers and cause tightness. Other people acquire the tightness from being on crutches, being in a cast, or frequently wearing high heels.
You should see a podiatrist if you think you may have equinus. A podiatrist is a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle care. To diagnose equinus, the podiatrist will evaluate your ankle's range of motion when the knee is extended as well as bent. This will enable the foot doctor to assess whether bone is interfering with your ankle's range of motion and to identify whether the muscle or Achilles tendon is tight. Your doctor may also order x-rays.
Treatment includes strategies aimed at relieving your symptoms. Common treatments for equinus include night splints, heel lifts, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. In some cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary to correct the cause of the deformity. The surgeon will determine the type of procedure that is best suited to the patient.
Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Call HOSEY Foot & Ankle centers at (586) 263-4411 today to schedule an appointment in Clinton Township, MI. Call (586) 275-3000 to schedule an appointment in Sterling Heights, MI. Call (586) 468-5445 to schedule an appointment in Mount Clemens, MI.