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Addressing Foot and Ankle Issues in Young Athletes

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle problems are prevalent among young athletes, often stemming from the intense physical demands and repetitive movements associated with sports participation. These conditions can range from minor injuries to more severe issues, impacting performance and overall well-being. Common foot and ankle problems in young athletes include sprains, strains, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. These injuries may result from overuse, improper training techniques, inadequate footwear, or biomechanical abnormalities. Ignoring or neglecting such issues can lead to chronic pain, decreased mobility, and prolonged recovery times, potentially hindering athletic pursuits and future opportunities. Therefore, early recognition, proper diagnosis, and prompt intervention are essential in managing foot and ankle problems in young athletes. Implementing preventive measures such as proper warm-up and stretching routines, gradual training progression, and wearing supportive footwear can help reduce the risk of injury and promote long-term musculoskeletal health. If your child is involved in sports and has endured a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

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 Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

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 Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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