Pickleball is a popular sport and is common among people from all walks of life. Research has shown the number of pickleball courts has dramatically increased, as this sport is frequently played. Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, and players young and old may experience injuries. These can include ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendon conditions. Many of these types of ailments may be prevented by wearing shoes that fit correctly, and engaging in proper warm up and cool down stretches. Pickleball involves frequent side-to-side movements, and it is crucial to wear shoes that are designed with smoother and rounder soles than walking or running shoes. If you would like more information about how to protect the feet while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful knowledge.
Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Carrie Frame, DPM of West Virginia Foot & Ankle. 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 office located in Charleston, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.