Foot injuries happen frequently to athletes and those who are physically active because of the consistent trauma and stress they apply to their feet. Some common sports injuries include:
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. When it is overused, it can begin to degenerate or attach to the heel bone, both of which are painful. This is called Achilles tendinitis. To treat Achilles tendinitis, focus on strengthening your calves to decrease the weight on the tendon.
Plantar fasciitis affects many people each year, not just athletes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition when the tissue supporting the arch of your foot absorbs too much stress and generates pain. As an overuse injury, the best home treatment for plantar fasciitis is rest, ice, and stretching.
Neuromas are a collection of nerve tissue growing between your toes. They can be caused by foot trauma and from wearing tight, restricting footwear for sports. To treat neuromas, wear proper shoes to avoid pressing your toes together.
A bone spur is an extra bone growth that appears in the feet after an injury to the foot or after wearing improper footwear. Bone spurs can happen anywhere in the foot, though heel spurs are quite common. Spurs cause pain when walking or standing, which is why treatments like stretching, orthotics, and medication are recommended.
Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that appears as a scaly rash between the toes. If your feet feel wet and itchy after taking off your socks, you may be developing athlete’s foot. To prevent athlete’s foot, always wear clean socks, ventilated shoes, and dry your feet after showering.