Foot pain, knee problems among female athletes

Foot pain may exacerbate knee problems in female athletes

Foot pain knee pain among female athletesIn an article on TribLocal.com, sports podiatrist Dr. Robert Weil states that the knee problems he sees in young female athletes often stem from foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and improper pronation.

While anatomical differences between men and women, like wider hips and more flexibility may contribute to problems, such as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or knee tendonitis, the doctor said that he emphasizes proper foot positioning and the use of corrective devices like orthotics to complement exercises.

"Of course, the use of custom orthotics doesn't replace aggressive strengthening, proper training, and proper sports technique for both sexes. But my belief is that proactively including optimum foot biomechanical control with orthotics is smart sports medicine," Weil said, quoted by the news source.

In addition to fallen arches and bad pronation, SportsInjuryClinic.net reports that bunions are common among athletes due to the repeated motions they put on their feet.

Bunion splints relieve foot pain

Fortunately, serious competitors may not need to take time off from their sport for painful foot or bunion surgery, since bunion splints or orthotics have been shown to effectively prevent or correct these foot conditions. 

 

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