Kenny Gaines, a basketball player for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is back on his feet after suffering a Lisfranc injury to his left foot last season. Lisfranc injuries result when a metatarsal bone is displaced from the tarsus. Gaines has been cleared by doctors to practice for the next three or four weeks, and he says that “I’ve been moving well in practice and I’ve felt great over the last couple weeks.” He also said that he wasn’t limited to playing just in his first game back, but is willing to practice as well. According to coach Mark Fox, Gaines is on break after the game because of some soreness, but that is typical of a Lisfranc injury.
Full recovery is much more difficult if one continues to play sports with a foot or ankle injury. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
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
Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
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 our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.