Common Foot and Ankle Injuries From Basketball
Basketball can be tough on a player’s feet. In addition to physical contact between players, there is a lot of running, jumping, landing, and quick changes of direction in the sport. Basketball players may sustain foot or ankle conditions like ankle sprains, tendon injuries, and blisters. Overusing their feet and excessive training can also lead to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. A Jones fracture is an injury to the area between the fifth metatarsal and the bone running from the smallest toe to the ankle. This is common among basketball players due to repetitive stress to the bone. It is difficult for someone involved in a sport like basketball to stay off their feet until their injury is fully healed, but the damage can worsen and lead to chronic foot and ankle problems. If you are a basketball player that develops a foot sports injury, consult a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, as well as advice on possible prevention techniques.
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 the podiatrists from Boston Common 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.