foot injuries, bunions, plantar fasciitis, athlete injuries, crossfit injuriesI love feet. They are a truly fascinating part of the body. In the foot, there are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and muscles. The irony lies in the fact that the rest of the lower extremity only has four bones (femur, patella, tibia, fibula), four joints, and 41 muscles. Basically, the foot dictates the rest of the movements that occur in the lower body. And I would argue that poor foot positioning could, in fact, cause someone neck pain.

The foot functions not only to absorb shock as we walk, squat, run, and jump, but also to provide a rigid surface from which we can push off and do it again. Many of the muscles that control foot movements have attachment higher in the leg, at the tibia and fibula. The high stress placed on the feet during athletic participation can cause imbalances in these muscles, leading to biomechanical dysfunction. When dysfunction arises, it can lead to significant pain and poor movement ability for the athlete.

In this article, I’ll highlight some of the most common overuse foot conditions that I treat. Additionally, we’ll discuss appropriate ways to manage the dysfunction until you finally decide to seek out someone smarter than you.

Turf Toe
Bunions
Stress Fractures
Plantar Fasciitis

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