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Divers Can Develop Fin Foot

Divers should be wary of  a condition known as fin foot, causing swollen and tender feet after diving, often exacerbated in cold or rough waters. The discomfort of fin foot stems from reduced blood flow to the feet, due to factors like improper fin techniques or ill-fitting gear. Symptoms of fin foot can include swelling, redness, bruising to the toes, and pain while walking. Experts suggest that a diver experiencing these symptoms immediately cease diving, elevate their feet, and apply a warm compress for relief. Symptoms that persist beyond 48 hours warrant consultation with a podiatrist. Collaborating with a podiatrist ensures proper gear fit, including booties and fin straps. Adjustments, such as using larger booties or spring straps, can reduce the risk of recurrence. While edema in fin foot does not necessarily signify decompression sickness, divers are wise to remain vigilant to its effects. If you are experiencing post-dive foot problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Robert Dunne, DPM of Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Melbourne and Palm Bay, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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