With any sport, there is risk of injury while training or playing. This is true for American football as well. The four most common foot injuries among football players are an Achilles tendon rupture, turf toe, a Jones fracture, and plantar fasciitis. An Achilles rupture often happens to football players who train intensively after a period of inactivity, such as at the start of a new season. Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon located at the back of the foot above the heel, but a rupture is more serious and involves a partial or complete tear. Turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint. Football players are continually pushing off the ground from the toes, and overextension of the big toe joint can result. This is especially common when playing on artificial turf because of its gripping nature. A Jones fracture is also called a 5th metatarsal fracture. The 5th metatarsal is the long bone that runs on the outside of the foot that connects to the baby toe. It can break from sudden impact, a poor landing, repeated stress, or overuse. This injury can recur if not healed properly. The stud or cleat under a football boot can cause swelling of the tissue that runs under the foot, known as plantar fasciitis. These injuries might be prevented by warming up well, increasing training slowly, wearing supportive football boots, and possibly adding sports inserts. If you or your loved one plays football and has sustained a foot injury, see a podiatrist who can offer a proper diagnosis and treatment options.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact the foot specialists of NYC Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries
Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Plantar Fasciosis
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.
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