Foot/ankle

Soccer is the worldโ€™s most popular sport and demonstrates continued growth in the United States each year. Over 13 million Americans play soccer, and according to US Youth Soccer, there are over 3 million youth soccer players registered in the United States today. Although there are benefits to playing soccer such as improved cardiovascular health, strength, and self-esteem, there are also some inherent risks involved. One study found that there were over 2.4 million soccer-related injuries leading to an Emergency Room visit between the years 2000 and 2012. Another study showed that soccer is the high school sport with the highest risk of injury for female athletes (1-3). In this article, we will highlight the most common injuries seen in soccer and teach you research-based soccer prehab exercises to help prevent these injuries!

Limited ankle dorsiflexion has been associated with a whole host of lower extremity injuries including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, calf strains, shin splints, patellofemoral pain, IT band syndrome, and even ACL injuries. Additionally, limited ankle mobility manifests itself as a functional limitation in every day tasks such as walking, negotiating stairs, and even in athletic endeavors such as achieving proper squat depth or cutting. While the problems associated with limited ankle mobility are well known, the solutions on how to increase ankle dorsiflexion are not. Who else has spent hours and hours stretching without any increase in ankle dorsiflexion range of motion? In this article, we're going to cover everything you need to know about ankle mobility. From defining what ankle mobility is, why you need it, how to assess it, and most importantly, how to improve it! Hang on tight for the best ankle mobility exercises to improve ankle dorsiflexion that you can do from the comforts of your home to decrease your risk of lower extremity injury, improve your functional abilities, and enhance your athletic performance!

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon of the body for a good reason, it takes much of the load when we are running, ย jumping, or even walking! This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel assisting with force transmission and acts like a spring when you push your foot off the floor. Achilles Tendinopathy is when the Achilles tendon is irritated or painful. ย The majority of individuals that suffer from Achilles Tendinopathy are active individuals, from the weekend warrior to the high-level athlete. Achilles Tendinopathy seems to be as high as 7-30% in runners, 2.1-5.1% in soccer players, and 12.5% in rock climbersยน. This article will show you an evidence-based approach to how to rehab Achilles tendinopathy.

Looking to fix flat feet? We got you! But before we get into the exercises that can help address this "problem", we first want to address that flat feet in and of itself is NOT a diagnosis and NOT the sole cause of your pain! Pain is multi-factorial and while having "flat feet" or dynamic overpronation can place the most stress on certain structures, our bodies are extremely strong and capable of handling that stress most of the time. That being said, this article is going to show you a series of exercises that will not only help strengthen your foot arch but even potentially reverse the appearance of your flat feet!

Normal ankle motion is so critical for [P]Rehab of the lower body. The ankle moves your foot primarily into plantarflexion (toes away from you)ย  and dorsiflexion (toes up towards the shin). For the sake of this article, we are going to discuss ankle dorsiflexion motion, specifically how you can improve motion in this direction. Ankle plantarflexors (aka the calves) are a muscle group that often limit the dorsiflexion motion. Ankle dorsiflexion is crucial for squatting, going downstairs, jumping and many other movements. This article will show you exercises for stiff ankles, by addressing limitations that may be present in the ankle joint and its surrounding muscles and tendons! Weโ€™ve also included a FREE program to improve ankle mobility.

 

Turf toe injuries many times are left improperly managed and can lead to chronic pain, reduced push-off strength, and eventually joint deformity if left untreated. Turf toe describes an injury to the bottom surface of the big toe joint, known as the plantar metatarsophalangeal-sesamoid complex. Turf toe injuries occur when the joint of the big toe gets forced into hyperextension. This typically happens to football players when someone falls on their foot forcing the heel to drive forward over a planted big toe. This motion typically injuries the joint capsule and ligaments on the bottom side of the foot, leaving it painful. While most common in footballers, there is also a high incidence of turf toe injuries in rugby and soccer plays as well. This article will cover a rehab guideline for getting back on the field after an old turf toe injury, in addition, we've included a FREE workout with the best turf toe exercises!

Bone Stress Injuries (BSI) are not uncommon in avid runners, track and field athletes, and endurance athletes. As common as they may be, they are still very difficult to deal, hard to identify for the average person, and unfortunately can turn into full-blown bone stress fractures before being correctly identified and treated. In this article, we will discuss exactly what bone stress injuries and bone stress fractures are, what the risk factors are, and prehab strategies to get back to running after a bone stress fracture.

The function of the foot is extremely important to the overall musculoskeletal function of the body.ย  The foot is the base of support for most everyday activities. Like a game of Jenga, if the base is not solid, the entire structure will lean, wobble, and eventually collapse. If the musculature of the foot is not properly functioning, many structures both locally and globally will be affected. The intrinsic muscles of the feet become deconditioned over time due to ill-fitting shoes, tight socks, and even some orthotics.ย  Due to cramped spaces and the inability of the joint to function in its natural range of motion, our brains lose the neurological connection to the muscles of our feet, causing compensations. Luckily, neuroplasticity (the ability for our brains to change the neural circuits to our bodies) dictates that it is possible to improve and even reverse chronic instability of the foot, and thus joint pathologies and pain. This article will show you exercises to improve foot strength!

So you fell and twisted your ankle and your foot swelled up like a balloon. You find out you have an ankle fracture and you're sidelined for 4-6 weeks in a cast. Time goes by, you see the doctor and he says the bone is healed, you're good to go! You get the cast removed, but you realize your calf is shriveled up and tiny compared to the other side. Even worse, it hurts to move your foot, your ankle feels weak, you can't even put weight on your foot, now what?! In this article, we will detail exactly what an ankle fracture is and some exercises to jump-start your rehab when you get your cast off.

Just sprained your ankle? You're not alone. Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in all of the sports, so if you're one of the few that has never experienced an ankle sprain until now, consider yourself lucky! While they can initially be very painful and limiting, most respond very well to structured ankle sprain rehab program. With a solid plan (like the one detailed here), you will be well on your way back to sports and activity in no time!