Our feet are our main source of transportation. We use them every day to get wherever we need to go. We also use them to partake in numerous activities. Some of those activities include walking, jogging, dancing, and sports. Some of these activities cause us to use our feet over and over in the same manner. For example, jump rope requires to hop up and down over and over and continuously put pressure on our feet. As time goes on and this repetitive motion occurs, our feet start to wear down from the lack of shock absorbency and the abundance of pressure. Then the foot becomes injured from an overuse injury. There are four common overuse injuries that you should be aware of.

  1. Plantar Fasciitis – Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury of the plantar fascia and its accompanying muscles, leading to inflammation of the sole of the foot. Rest, ice, compression and elevation is the most recommended course of treatment for this condition. Arch supports and orthotics can also help to reduce the pain and increase the healing rate of the injury. This injury typically is most painful at the beginning of the day and lessens over the course of the day.
  2. Stress Fractures – These are tiny fractures that are due to microtrauma. A sudden increase in exercise and physical activity is usually the main cause of this type of disorder. If these little fractures are ignored, they can become a large and more serious fracture. It is important to immobilize a stress fracture as soon as possible to help prevent it from increasing in size and severity.
  3. Achilles Tendonitis – This is a condition that is caused by the overuse of the Achilles Tendon. This condition is usually due to lots of jumping. Children ages 14+ are most prone to this injury. Rest, stretching, shoe change, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications tend to help.
  4. Sever’s Disease – This is caused by inflammation in the heel bone before the skeleton meets maturity. It mainly affects the growth plate where the Achilles tendon attaches to the bone. Rest, ice, stretching, and pain reducing medication are helpful in its treatment. Sometimes casting is needed to help correct the problem.

Do you suffer from an overuse condition? Do you have pain in your arch, heel, or any other part of your foot? It is time to call Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan of James C. Ricketti, DPM located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. Dr. Skokan and Dr. Ricketti will examine, diagnose, and treat your overuse injury using the most up to date skills and technologies. Call 609-587-1674 or make an appointment online today to get the quality footcare that you deserve!

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