Besides being painful, foot injuries can be frightening, especially if you don’t know what caused them. Despite their small sizes, the human feet are intricate parts of the body, having 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Consequently, it’s reasonable to assume that it’s not always simple to identify the source of one’s problem. That is why we place a premium tag on your health at Chiro Bull Creek. We take time to understand and identify the root reason for your pain, assess your needs and choose the best course of action. Below are the five most frequent foot injuries:
1. Ankle sprain
A sprain results when the ligaments holding your ankle together are stretched past their breaking point. This frequent foot injury typically results from rolling or twisting the ankle. Ankles that have been sprained may swell or feel painful to touch. A chiropodist can employ shockwave therapy to assist your body in permanently healing damaged ankles that don’t heal well and cause chronic ankle pain.
2. Plantar fasciitis
If your arch or heel hurts, plantar fasciitis may occur. This foot injury occurs when the tissue at the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. This tissue runs from the base of your heel bone to the ball of your foot. Due to its role in supporting your arch and acting as a shock absorber, the plantar fascia is crucial.
3. Achilles tendonitis or tear
The Achilles tendon connects the calf to the heel of the foot. Achilles tendonitis is the name for the condition, which causes inflammation and causes discomfort, and swelling at the back of the foot. You will probably feel the pain when walking up stairs or trying to flex your foot, regardless of how severe it is.
During contact sports, the Achilles tendon can also be torn. You’ll probably hear a pop and experience intense, stabbing pain if it happens to you.
4. Broken toe
Have you ever experienced a broken toe? If yes, you’ll agree that pain, edema, and/or a darkened nail are typically signs of a broken toe. The good news is that if you buddy tape the fractured toe to the one after it, toes can heal quickly.
You might require additional medical attention, and sometimes even surgery, if the discomfort and swelling don’t go away. You may also be at risk for osteoarthritis, a kind of arthritis brought on by joint wear and tear and inadequately healed wounds, if the fracture extends to one of the toe joints.
Make an appointment with your doctor for medical imaging if you’re worried about your broken toe.
5. Stress fractures
Small fissures in the bone are known as stress fractures. Overuse, such as recurrent running or leaping, is a common cause of stress fractures. Although the discomfort may start out moderate, stress fractures tend to worsen over time and may result in swelling.
Although these are the most frequent foot injuries, you should visit a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan if you are in pain. Attempting to treat it alone or not treating it very well could have a long time effect on your foot’s health.