Sports are a great way for people to get outdoors and be active together. While it is fun playing some form of organized sport, it is important to be safe while you are doing so. Injuries are part of an athlete’s life. Whether it is golf or rugby, there is always the risk of injury.
Our feet are one of the most injury-prone parts of the body in any sport. Our feet are constantly exposed to elevated levels of stress from sprinting, jumping or switching directions. Even though our feet are quite robust and hard-working, they are vulnerable to all kinds of injuries.
Here are some common injuries that occur to those playing sports:
- Plantar fasciitis – This injury is very common in impact and running sports. The injury occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue which connects the heel bone to your toes, suffers little tears when it is overly stretched. This ligament provides support to your foot’s arch and, once damaged, can disrupt your mobility.
- Ankle sprains – Trauma or stepping onto an uneven surface or object can result in this type of injury. This occurs when the ankle ligaments are overstretched. A sprain may vary in severity.
- Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. It can withstand elevated stress levels but, when overused, can cause rupture, swelling, irritation and severe pain.
- Turf Toe – Hyper-extension of the big toe joint can cause this type of injury. This injury is common in a number of sports such as football, soccer, and baseball.
Don’t let an injury or lingering pain keep you out of the game! Take timely measures to avoid complications. The best resource for any kind of foot and ankle condition is your podiatrist.
If you are experiencing any sport-related injury or chronic pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. Our team of podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can provide a full array of services to help all your foot and ankle needs and get you back in the game. Contact us at (718) 624-7537 or schedule an appointment online.