5 Foot Injuries Caused By Exercise
Posted on Sep 29, 2016

Sometimes living an active lifestyle puts you at risk to injury.

It’s common for injuries to damage your feet and make it hard for you to keep up your routine.

Feet contain a quarter of the body’s bones, as well as dozens of joints and tendons.

During high impact activity they bear most of the force and can be damage easily.

Below are five common exercise injuries that can easily happen to your feet that cause quite a bit of pain.


This injury occurs when the big toe is bent up forcefully beyond its normal range of motion.

It’s very common for an accident to occur during sports or high-impact activity that brings about turf toe.

Typically athletes who play on artificial turf deal with this injury because shoes can grip the ground and while your body continues moving forward.

It can also happen during other workouts from wearing overly flexible shoes that lack support.


If you’re experiencing a dull pain in the ball of your feet whenever you bear weight you might be suffering with sesamoiditis.

This condition is an inflammation of the tendons of the sesamoids in the big toe.

Any activity that requires constant pressure on the forefoot can lead to sesamoiditis.

High impact activities can bring about sesamoiditis and being active on a hard surface without supportive shoes.


Stress fractures can occur in the long bone of the foot and the heel bone.

Repetitive activities and rapid movements are often the cause of stress fractures.

Wearing poorly cushion shoes and playing sports on hard surfaces can make it easy for this injury to develop.

The area where the fracture occurs will feel tender and warm. Pain worsens over a few days but thankfully stress fractures can heal on their own over time.


Black toe forms after repeatedly hitting your toe against the inside of your shoe.

Blood will accumulate under the nail and skin making the foot appear black.

Hikers, runners, tennis players and other athletes commonly suffer with this condition.

Side effects include tenderness and pain.

If the pain last for more than 2 to 3 days a doctor can drain the toe for relief.


Plantar fasciitis is a common condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia.

The tendon is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.

Heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis.

Pain typically strikes early in the morning.

The condition can be caused by a range of activities and can affect people who aren’t very active as well. Footwear, arch shape and weight are all factors that influence plantar fasciitis. Regular stretching and corrective footwear can be used to combat plantar fasciitis pain.

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