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Foot Injuries From Pickleball

Pickleball, a rapidly growing sport appealing to all ages and skill levels, combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Played on a smaller court with a solid paddle and a perforated plastic ball, it is enjoyed for its simplicity and social aspect. However, like many physical activities, pickleball can pose risks to foot health. Injuries to the feet during pickleball commonly result from strain or overuse due to sudden movements, pivoting, and repetitive footwork. Such injuries may include sprains, strains, and stress fractures. To prevent foot injuries while playing pickleball, it is important to stay active, stretch before and after playing, and engage in other physical activities to maintain overall fitness and foot strength. Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking water helps to prevent muscle cramps and fatigue. If you have persistent foot pain or injuries from playing pickleball, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist. A foot doctor can offer guidance on injury prevention techniques and provide treatment to alleviate discomfort and promote foot health.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Summit Podiatry. 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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