With athletes across the country ramping up for baseball season, the health of their feet is often overlooked next to all the excitement. However, thanks to the quick movements, sudden bursts of sprinting and side-to-side motions of the sport, foot injuries are prevalent in America’s favorite pastime. With help from your Gainesville, VA podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center, you can be on the lookout of some of the most common foot injuries this baseball season.
Ankle sprains: With all the sprinting, sliding and jerking required in baseball, ankle sprains are frequent injuries. This type of injury causes a plethora of future problems if left untreated. For this reason, sprains should be treated as soon as possible. Symptoms include swelling, tenderness, pain, bruising and being unable to put weight on the ankle.
Tendon injuries: Injuries to the achilles and peroneal tendons are common among baseball players. Overuse of these tendons is usually the culprit of the injuries though an increase in use could also be the cause. The best tool for treating a tendon injury is your podiatrist. They can help you determine which is the best course of treatment for your specific situation.
Plantar Fasciitis: This condition occurs when the band of tissue connecting the foot’s heel and arch becomes torn or inflamed.
Neuromas: This nerve damage which takes place in the ball of the foot is most often caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes. It is often described as feeling like there is a rock in the shoe. Your Gainesville foot doctor treats neuromas with anything from cryosurgery to anti-inflammatory medication. The best treatment depends on your particular situation.
The best way to determine the best treatment and prevention options for these conditions is to consult with your podiatrist. The use of orthotics, or special inserts in your shoe, treats many conditions, and may even prevent them. Medications and injections help speed up the healing process and reduce pain and swelling.
For more information on keeping your feet healthy during the upcoming baseball season, please contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, D.P.M. at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA. Call (703)753-3338 to schedule your appointment today!