Numerous foot and ankle injuries can occur from sports. These injuries can be described in several different ways: acute (new onset) vs. chronic (prolonged in nature). They may result from a single inciting event/injury or as a result of overuse. Inversion ankle sprains are common in many sports. These ankle sprains can affect the ankle ligaments, nearby tendons/bones, or lead to chronic instability. Overuse and excessive training can lead to heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures, and posterior tibial tendonitis.
Some fractures of the foot and ankle (Jones fractures, Lisfranc, or navicular fractures) are more prone in certain sports as well. Footwear required for sports (such as baseball cleats, football cleats, or track spikes) can predispose patients to aggravating bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, or other underlying issues. The doctors at Southern Delaware have extensive experience treating sports related injuries.