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Pickleball Foot and Common Foot Injuries

Pickleball, a fast-growing racquet sport, is loved for its accessibility and friendly competition. However, the rapid lateral movements and frequent stops and starts can take a toll on your feet, leading to a variety of injuries. Ankle sprains are perhaps the most common, often resulting from quick direction changes or missteps. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain, can arise due to the constant motion and stress on the arches. Overuse injuries, such as tendinitis, are also prevalent, typically affecting the Achilles tendon or the tendons in the foot. Wearing improper footwear, especially shoes without adequate arch support or cushioning, can exacerbate these problems. To enjoy pickleball safely, it is vital to prioritize injury prevention, which can range from Investing in quality court shoes and practicing proper warm-ups. If you are interested in pursuing pickleball, prior to playing, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist, who can advise you on additional injury prevention strategies.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Kevin Powers, DPM of The Center for Lower Extremity Nerve Surgery. Our doctor 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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