Since today is the official start of the NFL season, we at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center wanted to talk about some common foot and ankle issues we see with football players.
Starting with the younger kids between 10-15 we see a lot of heel pain. This is most likely caused by calcaneal apophysitis which is due to inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. We usually see these patients early in the season when practices first start.
Other common injuries we see are injuries to the sesamoids which are two small pea sized bones beneath the big toe joint. They can get directly injured or stretches too far and develop chip fractures. This is a form of turf toe. This is a nagging type of injury that needs to be evaluated.
We also see a lot of nail injuries, especially to the players on the line. There is a lot going on at the line of scrimmage including stepping on everyone’s toes. This can cause direct injury to the nail or alteration of the nail growth and can lead to ingrown toenails, nail fungus, etc.
Unfortunately, we also see a lot of traumatic injuries to the foot and ankle including sprains, fractures, and tendon tears. These types of injuries need treatment right away whether it be immobilization or need for surgical repair.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle, we treat all types of issues including sports related problems. Our physicians have years of experience with this and we can help you or a loved one.
If you have any questions regarding this or other foot/ankle issues, please call us at 972-542-2155.
Enjoy the season!