The start of spring coincides with the start of baseball season, and many athletes young and old are participating in this popular sport. Compared to a contact sport like football it may not seem dangerous, but there are many common foot and ankle injuries that can result if proper prevention and care are not taken. Learn about the most common injuries and how you can protect your feet and ankles!
- Sprains and fractures – Running, sliding, and quick pivots and movements are part of the sport, which can lead to overstretching or injuring tendons, ligaments, and fracturing bones.
- Contusions – Hard impacts from balls and other players often result in heavy bruising.
- Achilles tendinitis – The start and stop nature of baseball can often result in tight and inflamed Achilles tendons.
- Plantar fasciitis – The arch area can become painful especially for catchers who are in a squatting position for the duration of the game. Continued plantar fasciitis can also lead to calcification of the heel bone known as heel spurs.
- Ingrown toenails – Tight footwear can often cause ingrown toenails, especially for pitchers and catchers.
To prevent these common injuries:
- Implement good warm-up and cool down routines before and after practices and games.
- Ensure your cleats are the proper size
- Keep nails trimmed short and straight across
- Learn and practice proper techniques for running, sliding and other movements
- Give your body time to recover and rest in between practices and games
- Stay hydrated
- See a podiatrist for any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles
A slight sprain may not seem like a big deal, but having a board-certified podiatrist diagnose and treat your condition can greatly reduce your chances of a future or chronic foot problem. If baseball is a new sport, consult with a foot care specialist to assess your foot health.
At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, located in Wayne, Dr. Russell Samofal treats patients for all types of podiatric conditions, including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, toe deformities, diabetic foot problems, arthritis, and nail issues. Call our office at (973) 925-4111 to schedule an appointment today!