Football season has just gone out with a bang. All of our star athletes finally get a well-deserved break. Unfortunately, some of our favorites are suffering from injuries they have suffered during the season. Many football stats suffer from foot and ankle injuries due to the nature of their trade. Here are some of the most common injuries that NFL players receive.

Foot and ankle injuries, along with knee and hand injuries, are consistently among the most common types of musculoskeletal injuries in football.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is a chronic injury that occurs primarily from overuse and results in pain in the back of the ankle. If this is ignored, it may increase your risk of an Achilles tendon rupture. This is common due to the constant running that occurs in football. Strengthening the Achilles and stretching before and after games may help lessen the damage.

Ankle Sprains

The most common of all ankle injuries, an ankle sprain occurs when there is a stretching and tearing of ligaments surrounding the ankle joint. This injury happens all the time during football because of tackles, quick steps, and odd movements on the field. They can be lessened with the use of properly fitting cleats and stretching before games.


Blisters are fluid-filled sacs on the surface of the skin that commonly develops on the hands or the feet. They often appear in ill-fitting cleats or in cleats that are wet from too much sweat. Sweat and friction work together to create blisters, which is unfortunate for our very active NFL stars.

Metatarsal fracture

A metatarsal fracture is one of the most common injuries in football. The foot has 5 metatarsal bones, which stretch from the ankle to the toes; these bones are fragile and can be damaged easily, especially when the foot is put under constant pressure like it is in football. A fracture of the 5th metatarsal is the most common. They happen because of tackles and odd jerking movements when in the field. They can also be caused due to overuse.

Turf Toe

Turf toe is a common term used to describe spraining of the ligaments around the big toe joint. It’s commonly associated with football players who play on artificial turf. If a player stubs their toe or jams it, they often suffer from this disorder.

Football is a very tough sport but it is also very enjoyable. If you or a loved one has suffered a football-related foot and ankle injury, do not fret, just call us. Call James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. There podiatrists Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan can help you heal from a football injury. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today.

Aerobic dancing is a great way to get the much-needed exercise that your body needs. Not only is it good for your heart and lungs, but it is also good for weight loss and circulation. People all over the world use aerobic dancing as a primary means of exercise. It is important to take precautions when doing aerobics, as it is a high-risk activity. Below is a list of common aerobic injuries that can befall your feet without the proper safety and equipment precautions.

Common Aerobics Injuries

Plantar fasciitis -  Arch pain is often caused by stress on the plantar fascia, or bottom of the foot, during aerobics routine. It is a common overuse injury that can cause severe pain to a patient. The pain is usually more severe in the morning and quells throughout the day. When the plantar fascia, a band of tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot, becomes inflamed, pain on the bottom of the foot results. Forefoot and rearfoot instability, with excessive pronation, may result in plantar fasciitis. Shoes with proper support in the arch often prevent plantar fasciitis. If this disorder befalls you because of aerobic exercise, then a podiatrist may prescribe a custom orthotic to help stabilize your foot during activities.

Heel spurs - Heel spurs, which are related to plantar fasciitis, occurs when calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone. Heel spurs form slowly over many months. Both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs can be avoided by proper warm-ups that include stretching the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot.

Sesamoiditis - Commonly known as the ball bearings of the foot, the sesamoids are a set of accessory bones found beneath the large first metatarsal bone (which is below the big toe). Extreme forces are exerted on the sesamoid bones during aerobics, and inflammation and fractures can occur due to the stress. Getting properly-fitting shoes and custom orthotic devices can help with avoiding sesamoiditis.

Shin splints - Shin splints are perhaps one of the most common injuries during aerobics due to the constant up and down motion and pressure the foot goes through during aerobics. The pain usually causes inflammation of the shin muscle and tendon due to stress factors. Cold compresses immediately after a workout usually help reduce inflammation.

If you experience any of these injuries, see a podiatrist right away. An ounce of prevention can save a pound of problems in the future. Call James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Podiatrists Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan can help determine which aerobic injury you are suffering from. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today.

Ollier disease is a disorder that manifests through multiple cysts made out of cartilage in the bone marrow, which are noncancerous. These growths most commonly occur in the limb bones, especially in the bones of the feet. Occasionally, they may also occur in the skull, hands, ribs, and bones of the spine. These cysts may result in severe bone deformities, shortening of the limbs, and fractures of the bones they inhabit. This disease can sometimes be confused with Maffucci Syndrome, but each has its own signs and symptoms that help to tell them apart.

The signs and symptoms of Ollier disease may be detectable at birth, although they generally do not become apparent until around the age of 5. The cysts develop near the ends of bones, where normal growth occurs. They tend to stop forming after a patient stops growing sometime in early adulthood. As a result of the bone deformities associated with Ollier disease, people with this disorder generally have short stature and underdeveloped muscles. This can sometimes hinder growth and development of a child if not watched for and treated carefully over time. In most cases, children are able to function normally later in life and participate in most activities.

Although the cysts associated with Ollier disease are typically non-cancerous when they first develop, they may become malignant over time. In particular, some patients may develop bone cancers called chondrosarcomas. People with Ollier disease also have an increased risk of other cancers. If you have this disease of the feet, or suspect that you may, it is important to get examined by a podiatrist right away to be sure that the feet are not the only area affected and that all tumors are properly cared for and not spreading into other parts of the body.

A similar disorder called Maffucci syndrome also involves multiple cysts made up of cartilage that inhabit the bones, but is differentiated by the occurrence of red or purplish growths in the skin consisting of tangles of abnormal blood vessels. Ollier disease does not have these red or purplish growths but does have the cysts that are also found in Maffucci Syndrome. In order to tell the difference, it is best to call a foot care specialist. At James C. Ricketti, DPM, located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan can help you determine whether you or your child are suffering from Ollier Disease or Maffucci Syndrome. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today. Let us take your feet into our care.

Now that winter is here, many people are experiencing snow storms and poor weather, which means they must go outside to clear snow, ice and debris from their homes in order to get around and to be safe. Unfortunately, this means trekking out into the cold, wet weather. When dampness gets into your shoes and lingers, it can eventually cause a very itchy situation.

Tinea pedis, also known as athlete’s foot, is a very common foot condition treated by podiatrists on a regular basis. This itchy disorder affects the soles of the feet and also the areas between the toes. The only way to prevent this from occurring is by constantly washing your hands and by not touching the affected area.

Not only is this an aggravating condition for athlete’s, but it also affects anyone else who stays in wet socks and shoes. Those who sweat excessively, a condition known as hyperhidrosis, are also at a higher risk of getting this condition. The fungus that causes the condition flourishes in warm and saturated environments. The shoe tends to be a top pick for this fungus.


  • flaking of skin
  • peeling
  • blisters
  • cracking
  • itching
  • burning
  • redness
  • stinging

Preventing Tinea Pedis

Athlete’s foot is very contagious and can spread easily, especially when bare feet with the condition linger in public areas. It is commonly present in public showers or pools so investing in waterproof shoes can help prevent infection. Drying feet well, including the spaces in between your toes is also important.

Keeping your feet dry is also a great way to avoid athlete’s foot. Don’t choose socks that lock in moisture, such as nylons, or that make your feet hot and sweaty. If you find your feet becoming sweaty during the day, it is important to bring a pair of spare socks and shoes to change into while the other set dries.

Are your feet dry and cracked? Do they burn or blister? You could be suffering from athlete’s foot or other fungal condition. Call James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan can treat your tinea pedis and give you tips and pointers on how to prevent it all together. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today. Itchy feet can be beat.

Have you ever felt as if you were always off balance? Do you have a hard time with recurring plantar fasciitis, inflammation or pain in the foot? Does your lower back ache after a long day? These are all signs and symptoms of forefoot varus.

Forefoot varus is a condition where the foot is angled through an inversion of the bones in the front of the foot. Forefoot varus deformity causes the bones on the inside of the foot to position slightly higher from the ground than the outer part of the foot when weight bearing. This positioning creates a diagonal appearance in the foot.

Normally, there are three points, like a tripod, that touch the ground when bearing weight: the heel, big toe joint, and little toe joint. When a person has forefoot varus, the heel and outer part of the foot touch the ground, which means only two out of the three points are touching the ground.

This deformity can cause many different problems. One major problem is that the arch of the foot begins to fall. The resulting pronated foot affects the natural alignment of the hip and knee, which can lead to pain all over the body.

What causes forefoot varus?

The deformity is usually caused by an elevated first metatarsal head (bone before the toe bones). This elevated head causes the other metatarsal joints to turn outward. It can also be due to a bony block acquired from injury or trauma.


Pain in the ankle, heel, arch, ball of foot, shin, Achilles tendon, and knees. The symptoms are generally mild at first but progress over time depending on activity level, age, and overall health.

How is forefoot varus corrected?

Forefoot varus that is flexible can often be treated with exercise and physical therapy. If the condition is rigid, regular exercise and therapy will not help. Using the right footwear and orthotic devices can also help treat the condition. Custom made orthotics can help support the muscles of the feet and keep them in the correct position.

If you suspect that you are suffering from forefoot varus, it is important to seek the help of a podiatrist right away. This ensures that you are treated promptly and helps to prevent injury to other parts of the body. Call James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan can help you determine whether you are suffering from forefoot varus, flat feet, or something else entirely. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today. 

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