Tennis is a sport that engages your whole body and requires flexibility, strength, and endurance. As a full-body physical activity, tennis can increase a person’s risk of injuring their legs, arms, wrists, back, knees, feet, and ankles. Common tennis injuries in the feet and ankles include tennis toe and ankle sprains. Tennis toe is a simple injury that causes a toenail to hemorrhage when a toe is repeatedly forced up against the shoe’s toe box during the sport’s quick starts and stops. Tennis toe can be avoided by choosing footwear with ample room in the toe box and keeping the toenails properly trimmed. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that bind and support the ankle become stretched beyond their normal limits. Again, proper footwear may help to prevent some ankle sprains, specifically, sneakers with extra support in the back of the shoe help to maintain their shape. A podiatrist can treat any foot or ankle injuries that may occur while also offering additional advice on proper footwear and how best to protect yourself from future problems.
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Ankle Sprains
- Broken Foot
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
- Turf Toe
Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.
Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.