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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Soccer and Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries are a frequent occurrence in the high-paced world of soccer, posing challenges for players of all levels. The nature of the sport, characterized by sudden changes in direction, rapid acceleration, and physical contact, makes ankles vulnerable to sprains, strains, and fractures. One common injury is the ankle sprain, which occurs when the ligaments supporting the joint are stretched or torn, often due to a sudden twist or roll of the foot. Another concern is ankle fractures, which involve a break in one or more bones in the ankle joint and can result from direct trauma or excessive force. These injuries not only cause pain and swelling but also disrupt player performance and sideline athletes for weeks or even months. Preventive measures such as proper warm-up routines, wearing supportive footwear, and practicing techniques for safe landing and pivoting can help reduce the risk of ankle injuries. If have sustained an ankle injury while playing soccer, it is suggested that you promptly consult a podiatrist for effective treatment solutions. 

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 Scott Burdge, DPM from Advanced Ankle & Foot. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

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

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.

Treatment

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.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Katy, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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