The Most Common Foot-Related Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them

From increased aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility, to stress relief and improved mental health, sports play an important role in keeping you healthy — as long as you don't get injured. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stay in tip-top shape. 

Here at Progressive Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, our board-certified podiatrists provide comprehensive care for all your foot and ankle issues. Whether you have a sports injury or another foot problem, we can help. 

Common sports injuries

There's no doubt that exercise is good for you. It encourages heart health, lowers blood pressure, and can improve your cholesterol numbers while strengthening your immune system and bettering your sleep. What's not to like?

 However, whether you're a serious athlete or weekend warrior, you run the risk of an injury every time you lace up your sneakers. Dr. Evan Breth and Dr. Neha Khanna share this information about the foot-related sports injuries we see, and how you can do your best to avoid them.

Ankle sprains and strains

Frequently caused by a fall or twisting motion, a sprain occurs when an ankle ligament is stretched or torn. A strain, on the other hand, happens when you overextend muscle tissue resulting in a stretch or tear. Ankle injuries can be caused by repetitive motion, running, jumping, lifting, or quickly changing direction.

Achilles tendon injuries

A common injury in running and other sports that require speeding up, slowing down, or pivoting quickly, an Achilles tendon issue affects the largest tendon in the body that stretches from the heel bone to the calf muscles.

Shin splints

Often striking runners and basketball players, shin splints occur when the muscles and tendons become inflamed, causing pain in the front of the lower leg.

Dislocations and broken bones

Dislocation occurs when the end of a bone moves out of its normal position, and is common in contact sports like football, basketball, and soccer. A broken or fractured bone results when a bone is broken by a sudden force of pressure. Broken ankles or foot bones can happen in almost any sport.

Injury prevention

While it’s impossible to prevent every sports accident or injury, you can do your best to stay safe on the field or court with these tips.

Playing sports is a great way to stay healthy. If you suffer an injury, however, it's important to get professional treatment to heal quickly and get back in the game. If you've hurt your foot or ankle while exercising, call or click today to book an appointment with us.

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