David Ross, a catcher for the Boston Red Sox, currently has a sore right foot that he thinks might be caused by plantar fasciitis. However, he’s decided not to get treatment for it in the hope that it’ll eventually go away on its own.
Ross had plantar fasciitis once before in his other foot when he used to play for the Reds back in 2007. In that case, the condition cured itself after he fully ruptured it during the offseason, and he hopes that will happen again in this foot. His skills behind the mound are very valuable, so the Red Sox’s management is encouraging him to stay on the roster.
Ross should really see a doctor about his foot pain instead of playing through it. To learn about why playing sports with foot and ankle injuries is generally a bad idea, call one of our podiatrists at Essex Union Podiatry. Our podiatrists will explain how putting more stress on the affected area could worsen the condition and make your recovery even longer and more arduous.
Playing Sports With Foot Injuries
Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:
- Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
- Stress Fractures
- Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
- Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Springfield, Rahway, and Caldwell, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.