Soccer is a physically demanding sport where foot and ankle injuries are prevalent. Three common injuries in soccer are plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendonitis. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tissue connecting the heel to the ball of the foot. It causes pain on the heel and along the arch of the foot and may result from playing on hard surfaces or due to anatomical factors like flat feet or weak muscles. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle ligaments are overstretched or torn. Symptoms can include pain, bruising, and swelling. These sprains are often caused by awkward landings or playing on uneven surfaces. Achilles tendonitis involves inflammation or rupture of the Achilles tendon, causing mild aches or stiffness in the leg. It can be triggered by a sudden change in exercise intensity or from wearing inappropriate footwear. If you or your child has an injured foot or ankle from playing soccer, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis, and treatment, in addition to learning about preventative measures that can be taken to make you more resilient against such 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 one of our podiatrists from Houston Foot and Ankle Care. 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 offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.