The Foot & Leg Specialty Center
is an all-in-one podiatry center
that offers effective treatments to patients suffering from foot, ankle, and leg ailments. We have more than 100 years of combined experience in treating and resolving conditions of the foot and leg. To learn more about our podiatry treatments, contact us to speak with a helpful member of our team.
Every time you take a step, your foot flattens slightly. Repeated flattening (overpronation) during sports like jogging, exercise walking, cross-country skiing, and biking can make you more vulnerable to injury. Inflammation of your plantar fascia and tendons are typical of these sports, but a variety of injuries can result from any sport.
As your foot bears weight, your arch flattens, stretching the plantar fascia. Repeated flattening can inflame your plantar fascia or tendons, break down joints, or weaken muscles. Wearing shoes with weak arch support or a worn-out mid-sole can make matters worse.
Other contributing factors include flat feet, which can overstretch your plantar fascia; abnormal leg length, which causes the foot of your longer leg to flatten too much; being overweight; and running on hard or uneven surfaces.
Chronic inflammation of your plantar fascia can cause it to over stretch or tear. If connected to overused or weak muscles, your tendons may become inflamed.
Stress fractures are hairline cracks in bones are often caused by extra stress on the bones of your feet. Shin splints are pains near your tibia that may be from an inflamed tendon or muscle that is irritated along your bone.
During court sports like tennis, basketball, volleyball, or racquetball, your feet move from side to side, changing direction very quickly numerous times. With these kinds of moves, your joints can be twisted or jammed more easily, throwing your foot off balance.
When you make sudden, sideways movements, your "tripod" of bones (your heel and your first and fifth metatarsals) is thrown off-balance. Because your joints are forced beyond their normal range of motion, ligaments and joints can be injured. Playing on an uneven surface is a setup for this type of injury, as is wearing shoes with loose ankle support or shoes that are worn out or the wrong size. Other contributing factors include weak ankles, high arches, or fatigue.
An ankle sprain occurs when a ligament in your ankle over-stretches or tears. When your foot hits the ground, your big or second toe joint can catch on the turf, jamming a joint.