Name: Raegan Cox | #8
Major: Business Management
Foot & Ankle Problems: Turf Toe and Sesamoiditis
Turf toe is a very common sports related injury where there is a sprain to the main joint of the big toe. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited range of motion.
Sesamoiditis is also common with athletes and is typically due to overuse. It causes pain at the ball of the foot under the big toe.
The overall experience playing soccer at Michigan State is truly amazing. I love going to practice every day with a team that pushes me to be my best in everything I do.
During my match against The University of Michigan in spring 2021, I was in full stride and an opposing player jumped through the air and came down on my great toe joint. I felt immediate pain.
I attempted to finish playing the season through the extreme pain hoping that it would get better. I spent four months in a boot over the summer but it never healed. At the start of our fall season, I was very fortunate to be introduced to Dr. Squires and became her first patient when the office opened.
I was amazed by the amount of time Dr. Squires spent with me. She took a sincere interest in my injury, and I really felt like she cared about making me feel better.
I don’t believe I would be playing today if it weren’t for West Michigan Foot & Ankle.
Before my appointment at West Michigan Foot & Ankle, I tried several different treatment options that were all unsuccessful.
Dr. Squires worked tirelessly to develop a personalized treatment plan that worked for me. She also customized state of the art orthotics using modern high-tech equipment that analyzed my gait and foot structure to help prevent future injuries.
If you suspect you have an injury like this follow the RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) method until you can get in to see a doctor and I highly suggest seeking out Dr. Squires’ expertise.
When I’m not playing soccer, I like hanging out with family and friends. I love to spend time outdoors, and visit Lake Michigan’s beautiful beaches. I stay active by walking my dog and working out.
After graduating with my undergrad in business, I plan to use my final NCAA eligibility to get a master’s degree. I am not certain right now exactly what I want to do right away, but eventually I would like to own my own business right here in West Michigan. I have a few exciting ideas for a new business, but I want to gain experience before venturing out on my own.