Is there a sport out there that doesn’t involve heavy use of your feet? Soccer, football, basketball, rugby, volleyball, tennis, baseball, and gymnastics – our feet and ankles play an enormous role in these high-impact sports and so many more.
What are the most common injuries among athletes of different sports? You may be surprised by some of them! Let’s take a look at some of our athletic patients’ most common complaints here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland:
The foot of a competitive runner is not always a joy to behold. The runner’s foot is prone to blisters on their toes, calluses from constant pressure, and blackened toenails from repeated contact with the front of their shoes. Other common running injuries are Achilles tendinitis, nerve damage in the toes (neuromas), and heel pain (plantar fasciitis).
If you’ve ever played tennis, you know the importance of “footwork.” There’s a lot of side-to-side movement, bursts of running, and quick starts and stops. All of that quick shifting about the court means a high incidence of ankle sprains, ankle fractures, and overuse injuries such as tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and posterior tibial tendonitis, which is an injury to the tendon that runs along the inside of your ankle which connects your foot and your calf.
Even though golf isn’t a high-impact or fast sport, golfers need to protect their feet by wearing the right shoes. There’s a decent amount of walking that goes on during a typical golf game – as many as five miles. Not only that, a good, powerful swing puts a particular kind of demand on your foot. Your choice of a solid, supportive golf shoe can mean the difference between triumphant feet and aching feet at the end of 9 holes.
The serious ballet, tap, or modern dancer places a huge demand on their feet. Dancers are at risk for tendinitis, stress fractures, and toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. Furthermore, dancers are under a lot of pressure to be thin. Poor diets can lead to weakened muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones, leaving them more prone to injury.
Exercise is great for most people and team sports are great fun. Just be aware of overdoing it, and if you sustain an injury or feel pain in your foot or ankle, make an appointment for expert foot and ankle care from one of our qualified podiatrists, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann or Dr. Craig B. Frey, at our office in the Cleveland suburb of Solon, Ohio. Contact us at (440) 903-1041.