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Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania

When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.

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  • Can anything besides football cause turf toe?

    Sports and turf toeAlthough the commonly used term for a big toe sprain is “turf toe,” that does not mean the injury is only limited to football or even turf-based activities. The most frequent cause of this injury is having the foot planted and fixed on the ground while the big toe is forced into a hyperextended (or in other words, very bent) position.

    The composition of artificial turf and the type of athletic shoes commonly worn on it make the risk of a sprain on that surface relatively higher, but this injury can also be experienced in runners, dancers, and participants in many other activities and sports that involve quick planting and moving of the feet.

    Whether you have hurt your toe on turf or some other way, the doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle will help you find relief and the safest route to a quick recovery. We can also help you rehabilitate an injured foot or ankle back to proper playing strength. Our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA are open for you. Call us at (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment.

  • Is it possible to sprain your toe?

    Toe sprainsIt is possible to sprain just about every movable joint in the body, and that includes those in the toes. A toe sprain can occur after jamming the toe against an object, landing awkwardly after a jump or fall, or the toe being bent back by force.

    Sprains are commonly seen around the big toe joint and can go by the term “turf toe.” This is because it can frequently be seen in athletes who play football, soccer, and other sports that take place on artificial turf. Many times, the foot is planted against the turf, where it can remain flat before pushing off or falling forward. In either case, the force can be enough to injure the ligaments around the joint. Although “turf toe” has become the common name, it is not uncommon for a big toe sprain to occur in other activities such as running, dancing, and climbing as well.

    A sprain of the toe can often be treated effectively at home, but it’s still important to have your injury checked out by an expert to ensure there isn’t excessive damage. Contact the doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle Institute in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA by calling (717) 757-3537.

  • Can I run with shin splints?

    Shin splintsAlthough there might possibly be some cases where a restricted running regimen is all right, we highly recommend for you to stop running when suffering from shin splints. The muscles, tendons and bone tissue that has been stressed and injured through overwork needs time to recover, and continuing the activities that likely led to this stress has a real danger of making things progressively worse.

    Running should only be resumed upon the advice of an expert. In the meantime, there are other exercises that can keep one busy and fit while taking stress off healing areas. Swimming, biking and other low-impact exercises are recommended. If you need help knowing when to get back on track and how to best keep your performance up in the meantime, give the experts at Martin Foot and Ankle a call. Reach our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA by calling (717) 757-3537.