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Foot and ankle injuries are fairly common among those who participate in sports. Some sports may be considered more dangerous in terms of foot and ankle injuries compared to others, such as basketball, football, soccer, and dancing. Sports that require tightly worn shoes (skiing, hiking, climbing) also pose a higher injury risk. The feet are considered the foundation of the body. They help us balance and perform our everyday activities. That’s why you should seek professional help at the first sign or instinct that something is wrong with your feet or ankles.
Common contributors to sports-related foot and ankle injuries include not stretching or warming up first, incorrect footwear for the sport, and not taping or providing enough foot and ankle support. A number of foot conditions can develop if certain safety measures are ignored, like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures, just to list a few.
When the Achilles tendon is harmed, it can cause extreme pain and lead to complications such as tears, ruptures, tendinitis, peritendinitis, tendinosis, tendinopathy, and bursitis.
Plantar fasciitis may also occur. This is when the band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot is continually overstretched and causes painful inflammation at the bottom of the heel.
Stress fractures (small cracks) can also occur due to a lack of conditioning, use of improper equipment or technique, and repetitive foot and ankle stress.
If you participate in sporting activities and would like more information about how to keep your feet and ankles safe, as well as learn more about your treatment options if injured, we can help. A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet and ankles to provide expert advice, a proper diagnosis, and a customized treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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