Taking care of your feet is critical to your athletic performance and success. If you have an injury or chronic pain, the team of expert podiatrists at Foot Healers can help. They offer personalized athletic foot care at five conveniently located offices in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, and Shrewsbury, Missouri. Don’t let foot problems ranging from ingrown toenails to sprained ankles get in the way of your sport. Call Foot Healers or schedule a consultation online today.
Athletes of all abilities put their feet through a great deal of physical stress. The team at Foot Healers can help you take care of your feet and prevent injuries and infections. They can also diagnose and treat common sports-related foot and ankle injuries.
Your feet and ankles absorb much of the shock created when you walk. Running and jumping intensify that force, and over time the repeated impact can take a toll on your feet.
If you wear incorrectly fitting shoes, you’re even more likely to experience painful foot and ankle problems.
Athletes are vulnerable to a variety of sports-related injuries. You might have an acute injury like a sprained ankle or a repetitive strain injury, such as:
Athletes are also vulnerable to ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, and blisters, especially if you don’t trim your toenails correctly, or you wear poorly fitting shoes.
In addition to injuries, spending time in locker rooms and shared showers increases your risk of picking up infections, such as athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and plantar warts.
The expert podiatrists at Foot Healers offer comprehensive athletic foot care. In addition to diagnosing and treating injuries and other foot problems, they provide preventive care to reduce your risk of future or recurring injury.
Suppose you injure yourself while training or competing in a sport or develop foot or ankle pain. In that case, the podiatrists at Foot Healers provide thorough exams to diagnose the issue causing your pain.
The podiatrists review your symptoms, medical history, and details about your sport. They examine your feet and ankles, looking for signs of injury, flat feet, or high arches. If necessary, they order X-rays and other diagnostic imaging studies to confirm their diagnosis.
The team watches you walk or run on a treadmill. This allows them to analyze your gait — how your foot and ankle move when you walk or run. An abnormal gait can contribute to foot pain and increase your risk of certain injuries.
After your podiatrist identifies the issue causing your pain, they create a treatment plan to heal your foot, relieve your pain, and get you back on the field. Depending on your specific injury or condition, your foot doctor might recommend:
When necessary, your podiatrist can perform surgery to correct issues ranging from ingrown toenails to severe ankle sprains and fractures.
Your podiatrist might also recommend treatments to reduce your risk of future injuries and pain. This could mean prescribing orthotics or physical therapy to correct an abnormal gait. They might also suggest that you change your choice of shoes.
Call Foot Healers today or make an appointment online today if you need personalized athletic foot care.