With summer drawing to a close, the heat is giving way to cooler days and beautiful fall foliage. Now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy New York's natural beauty, but before you do, be sure to invest in proper footwear to avoid a trip to the foot doctor. Here are some of the most common foot and ankle injuries you may otherwise experience.
What Are Some Common Foot Injuries?
1. Ankle Sprain
Sprains commonly occur during hiking or sports, when you twist the foot and stretch or tear the ankle ligaments. The injury can be minor, with a tiny tear, or severe, with a full rupture. A foot doctor can determine the sprain's severity by observing the swelling, tenderness, range of motion, and joint stability.
Mild sprains typically only require rest, cold packs, and strengthening exercises. You may also want to wrap the joint or wear a brace for a few weeks to improve stability and reduce pain and swelling. However, a severe sprain may require physical therapy or even surgery.
2. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is also prevalent among active people, especially runners. In this case, excess pressure on the foot arch can cause pain and inflammation, especially at the bottom of the heel.
In most instances, rest, ice packs, and stretching will alleviate the problem. Wearing supportive shoes can also help reduce pressure on the foot tissue.
3. Stress Fracture
Stress fractures occur due to consistent pressure on bones or joints over time. They can be caused by working the body too hard without sufficient rest between sessions or poor technique. They can also occur when a person suddenly increases their usual physical activity level or changes workout surfaces.
Resting and supporting the ankle with a cast or crutches can usually resolve this problem. In extreme cases, surgery and pins or screws may be necessary.
A neuroma is a pinched nerve in the foot that can cause pain, tingling, or numbness in the ball or between the toes. Overuse, stress, improper footwear, trauma, or having flat feet or high arches can cause inflammation and stress, leading to a neuroma.
A foot doctor may recommend investing in more supportive footwear or orthotic inserts. In extreme cases, they might also suggest corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation.
If you’re injured this fall, turn to Rochester's trusted foot doctor, Westside Podiatry Group. This experienced team has served Monroe County, NY, for 50 years, providing comprehensive care for various issues, including foot and heel pain. Call (585) 225-2290 to speak with a friendly staff member and schedule an appointment, or visit their website to learn more about how they can help you.