Soccer players can sustain foot, ankle, and lower leg injuries that are either traumatic (collisions, knocks, falls, etc.) or due to repetitive strains on tissues, joints, and muscles. A common traumatic injury in soccer is an ankle sprain—where the ligament(s) in the ankle stretch excessively or tear. An Achilles tendon rupture is another acute injury where this tendon—which attaches the calf muscles to the heel—partially or fully tears. Also, when running or jumping, a soccer player’s lower leg muscle can sometimes pull away from the Achilles tendon. Examples of overuse injuries include plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammatory condition causing heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures—which are very common in soccer players. Warming up properly, wearing protective gear, healing properly even after a minor injury, training appropriately, and staying off of wet playing fields are all good ways to help avoid a soccer injury. See a podiatrist to receive treatment for these or any other soccer injury, and to learn more about how to prevent future injuries.
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 Dennis Grandy, DPM from California. Our doctor 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 Sacramento, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.