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Acute and Chronic Foot Injuries in Baseball

Baseball, a beloved pastime, demands agility, precision, and endurance from players. However, the sport also poses risks for foot and ankle injuries, both acute and chronic. Acute injuries, often caused by sudden trauma or impact, include sprains, strains, and fractures. Sliding into bases, collisions with other players, or awkward landings after jumping can lead to these injuries. Conversely, chronic injuries develop gradually over time due to repetitive stress or overuse, affecting structures like tendons, ligaments, and bones. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures commonly afflict baseball players due to the repetitive motions involved in running, pivoting, and throwing. Proper warm-up, conditioning, and wearing supportive footwear are essential preventive measures. If you have endured a foot or ankle injury while playing baseball, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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 Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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