Have you heard about Rafael Nadal’s possibly career-ending foot injury?
According to reports, the 21-time Grand Slam champion is struggling because of chronic foot pain. While admitting that such injuries are common among athletes, Nadal expressed that one of his biggest frustrations is not being able to practice correctly.
Of course, you don’t need to be a famous player to have concerns about foot injuries. If you’re dealing with one right now, know that recovery is possible for certain conditions.
That said, let’s talk about foot injury types and what you can expect in terms of recovery.
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5 Common Foot Injuries
What are some foot problems with pain as the primary symptom? Here are five of them.
1. Neuromas of the Foot
If you often wear tight shoes or high heels, the nerves between your toes can become compressed, resulting in a neuroma.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, and numbness, which can be relieved by icing the affected areas and using custom orthotics. You can also prevent neuromas by switching to footwear with a wide toe box and low heels.
2. Turf Toe
Spraining your big toe’s largest joint is called a “turf toe.” It can be mild or severe, depending on how much you’ve stretched or torn this part.
Regardless of severity, though, pain is a guaranteed symptom. Besides pain, you may also experience swelling and limited mobility. That’s why it’s crucial to see an orthopedic doctor who can brace your toe.
Recovery will involve not using the affected foot until the pain and swelling go down.
3. Plantar Fasciitis
It’s your first step out of bed, and you suddenly feel a lot of pain. What gives?
Most likely, you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis. It’s a condition where the tissue at the bottom of each foot becomes inflamed.
You may also feel a stabbing pain when you’ve been standing for long periods, especially if it’s on a hard surface. A doctor may recommend pain relievers and a night splint to manage the pain. Recovery may also involve losing weight to lessen the stress on the plantar fascia.
Some people ignore a bunion until it makes foot pain so severe that they can’t even walk.
If your foot type is prone to bunions, avoid pointy shoes or any footwear that squeezes any part of your foot. You can also use bunion pads or shoe inserts. Keep in mind that some people may need bunion removal surgery, involving at least six weeks of recovery.
5. Stress Fracture
High-impact activities can fatigue muscles to the point where the stress has to be transferred to the bones. As your bones bear the pressure, they could break, resulting in a stress fracture.
The bad news is a stress fracture is pretty painful. If you’re lucky, you only need to use a walking boot/brace or crutches. However, if your condition is in an area with a poor blood supply, surgery is a must.
Recovery may take anywhere from six to eight weeks.
Don’t Suffer the Agony of De-Feet
Now that you know some common foot injuries, are you worried about your foot or ankle pain and wondering if you should see a doctor?
If you don’t want your condition to worsen, it’s always a good idea to consult a specialist. We also have other posts about foot health that may interest you.