Around 75% of Americans experience foot pain at some point during their lives. Athletes are more likely to have foot injuries because of the extra strain that training and competing put on their feet. If you have a foot injury, the skilled orthopedic team at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard and Wilsonville, Oregon, can help. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online if you have foot pain that interferes with your life.
Anyone can injure their foot, especially athletes and people with physically demanding jobs that keep them on their feet for hours every day. Some of the most common foot injuries include:
Fractures range in severity from hairline stress fractures due to repetitive stress to compound fractures sustained during hard falls or automobile accidents. Foot fractures typically cause swelling, bruising, and pain.
A Morton's neuroma is a bundle of thickened nerve fibers that usually forms between the metatarsal bones that lead to your third and fourth toes. They cause foot pain and tenderness as well as the sensation of standing on a pebble.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that occurs when repetitive strain irritates the band of connective tissue that stretches from your heel to the ball of your foot. The condition causes a sharp heel pain that's most intense first thing in the morning or after a period of rest.
Your sesamoids are two small bones beneath the ball of your foot. Repetitive strain from running can injure these bones or the tissue surrounding them, leading to pain and swelling.
Other common foot injuries include sprains or muscle strains in the foot or ankle.
If you have pain, swelling, and bruising on your foot that limits your mobility, schedule an appointment with the orthopedic experts at Sports Medicine Oregon. They combine physical exams with diagnostic testing such as X-rays and MRIs to identify and evaluate your injury.
The Sports Medicine Oregon team provides comprehensive treatment plans to heal foot injuries, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities.
Depending on your injury and its severity, your program may include:
Your orthopedist works with you to implement return-to-play guidelines, ensuring that you get back to the field quickly and safely.
You can lower your risk of foot injuries by taking a few common-sense steps.
First, always wear the appropriate shoes for your activity. Second, don't neglect your feet and ankles when you warm up or cool down. And finally, take rest days to allow your entire body to recover.
Call Sports Medicine Oregon today or make an appointment online if you need expert orthopedic care for a foot injury.