Running and Track Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
Whether an athlete is a recreational, competitive, or elite runner, foot and ankle health is essential for optimal performance. Runners are susceptible to overuse injuries including heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, neuromas, capsulitis of the second toe, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.
Evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon will help the athlete determine the underlying cause of pain and the best course of treatment. Custom orthotic devices are often used for treatment of these conditions.
We all know exercise is a part of our daily lives that is essential to our well being. However, even a modest increase in exercise level can cause foot, ankle, knee or hip pain. It is important to seek treatment if a pain or discomfort does not resolve with resting and ice. It is important that your primary care physician is also aware of any new exercise program you want to start. If you do wish to train for a more intense even, such as a marathon, be aware of the possible risks and how to avoid them. Often training injuries can be prevented with proper technique and listening to your body.
Dr. Bui is available to discuss with you any exercise program you may be considering and how it may effect your feet and ankles. Call us today at 318-371-5600 to schedule an appointment.