How playing cricket impacts on the feet

As with any sport involving running, repetitious actions can lead to stresses of all kinds. There are forces of high impact on the structures of the feet – the toes, ankles, muscles, ligaments, tendons and the bones that support the feet. These forces can be two to three times our body weight so it is easy to appreciate the damage that can be done. Other stresses may be a result of ill-fitting shoes and socks.

Potential problems and when to seek the help of a podiatrist

Lower back pain

Pain in the lower back may be an indication of improper gait during actions like bowling, or of structural limitations such as limb length discrepancies (one leg longer than the other).

Pain in the toes

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Pain in the Achilles or back of the Heel. 

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Pain in the heel

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Lance Penn – Podiatrist, discusses how heel pain can affect your life and what you can do about it.

Pain to the side of the foot near the outside of the ankle

This problem may be due to rubbing from inside the shoe, inappropriate shoe fitting or poor landing during the delivery of the ball while bowling.

Generalised problems

Other problems affecting the foot can be related to hard skin on the soles of the feet called calluses, or corns and planters warts. These usually present with soreness over bony areas under the foot due to badly fitting footwear. It is important to remember that when areas of hard skin are identified, consultation with a foot expert is essential as it can be easily misdiagnosed to the untrained eye. If it is a verruca the treatment is different and needs immediate attention. Verrucas are caused by a virus that gets into the skin and causes a lesion looking like a corn. However, they are contagious and can be spread so be careful when using communal showers. Custom orthotics may be required to assist with the management or treatment of some of these problems, consult with one of our expert foot expert at ModPod Sports Podiatry.

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