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Athletic Foot Injuries

Athletic foot injuries are common among active individuals, often resulting from repetitive stress, wearing improper footwear, and inadequate warm-up routines. The most frequent injuries include plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and ankle sprains. Plantar fasciitis arises from overuse, leading to inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing heel pain. Stress fractures, which are small cracks in the bones, typically result from repetitive high-impact activities like running or jumping. Achilles tendonitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon due to excessive strain or sudden increases in physical activity. Additionally, ankle sprains occur when the ligaments around the ankle are stretched or torn, usually from sudden twists or impacts. These injuries often stem from overtraining, inadequate footwear support, poor biomechanics, or insufficient recovery time. To mitigate the risk, athletes should wear appropriate footwear, incorporate strength training, and maintain flexibility. If an injury occurs, rest, compression, and elevation can help manage symptoms. If you have sustained an athletic foot injury that is persistent or severe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and tailored treatment plan.

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 Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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