Foot Problems in Athletes are common.
But they’re also common if you walk or stand a lot or exercise too much.
If you suddenly find yourself with pain, remove the shoes you were wearing and make sure to be properly fitted.
Stay off your feet as much as you can.
Elevate them with pillows. Check below to recognize the type of pain you’re experiencing and what it could mean.
For women, avoid heels. Flats and sneakers should be specifically engineered for your sport or for standing all day at the office.
Then, pinpoint where you feel pain.
Overuse and repetitive motion is a common cause of foot pain. If you exercise, increasing too quickly or doing so without stretching first can do it.
You need to stretch properly before AND after exercise. Stretch your calves and toes.
Being overweight can also cause your posture and gait to change, which can affect your arches and tendons in feet and ankles.
Weight gain also increases the chance you’ll develop health conditions contributing to foot pain such as gout, tendinitis and osteoarthritis.
PINPOINT THE PAIN IN YOUR FOOT
PAIN ON SIDE OF FOOT
Most likely Peroneal tendonitis:
This condition causes the peroneal tendons to swell or become inflamed, resulting in pain on the lateral side of the foot and the heel. A person who runs excessively or places their foot abnormally may develop peroneal tendonitis. It may also occur after an ankle sprain.
PAIN ON TOP OF FOOT
Most likely Extensor tendonitis:
This is caused by overuse or tight-fitting shoes. The tendons that run along the topof the foot and pull the foot upwards become inflamed and painful. … This condition causes pain in the topof the foot and outside the ankle.
PAIN ON HEEL OF FOOT
Most likely Plantar fasciitis:
Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis) Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst.
PAIN ON ANKLE
Most likely Sprain:
Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot.
PAIN IN BIG TOE
Most likely Turf Toe:
Turf toe is a sprain of your big toe joint resulting from injury during sports activities. The injury is usually caused by excessive upward bending of your big toe joint. Jamming the toe, and repeatedly pushing off when running or jumping are common causes. Although most common in football players, those who play soccer, basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and dance also are at risk. (more below)
Refrain from activity, standing or walking on the foot in pain. Keep your foot elevated on pillows.
Keep proper fitting shoes by your bedside when you rise. See a Podiatrist in the pain persists more than a week. Ask your Podiatrist about insoles.