Common Foot Injuries
This week our friend, Dr. Shamir Bhikha, DPM with Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia stopped by to talk about common foot injuries often seen as the weather begins to warm and people decide to get out and start running/walking. He talked about the fact that after the New Year as folks set goals to lose weight and especially during spring, folks tend to go out and jump into a training regimen that doesn’t allow for adaptation to occur in the connective tissues, muscles, and bones of the lower legs and feet.
This leads to several common injuries that can derail our ability to continue training for months (or even longer). We talked about plantar fasciitis, which causes often-debilitating heel pain that is particularly painful after having been at rest or in bed for a period of time, Morton’s neuroma, an injury to the nerve between the toes that makes affected toes feel like they’re broken, Achilles tendonitis, which is a painful aggravation of the tendon behind the heel bone, and issues that can occur with poorly-fitted shoes.
Shamir talked about the importance of having a running pro help you choose a training shoe that is appropriate for your gait as well as properly fitted for the activities you plan to use them for. Not doing this can result in toenail injury (including loss of the nail), toenail fungus, toe deformities, stress fractures, and other painful problems.
Before you head out to the trail you need to take a few minutes and listen to this foot/ankle expert who focuses his clinical practice on sports-related injuries through a conservative approach to helping his clients recover and ideally prevent further problems. We readily recommend Dr. Bhikha as an expert for foot/ankle-related problems.
Dr. Shamir Bhikha, DPM of Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia
- Doctorate with Honors, Podiatric Medicine, Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
- Residency, Inova Fairfax Hospital 2010-13 & Limb Salvage Center at Georgetown University Hospital 2013
- Skilled in Sports Medicine/Trauma to the foot/ankle, Podopediatrics and Reconstructive foot/ankle surgery
- Comprehensive training in diabetic limb salvage, plastic surgery and wound care