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Foot and Ankle Injuries on the Football Field

It is the middle of October, and at last, football season is in full swing. From Friday night lights at the high school to Sunday afternoon channel surfing from your couch, most people find a way to get their fix. The Jets, Giants, and Bills are off to slow starts, but Syracuse’s win over old rival UConn gave those of us in Central New York a reason to be excited!

Football is a high-impact sport, known mostly for its knee, shoulder, and head injuries. But if you are not careful, your feet and ankles can sustain significant injuries as well. The following are 3 of the most common football-related foot and ankle injuries:

  • Ankle sprains: Ankle sprains occur when the anklebones twist unnaturally, causing the ligaments holding them together to stretch or tear. It might be hard to recognize an ankle sprain at first, but it is usually accompanied by swelling and bruising.
  • Turf toe: Turf toe (which, despite its name, can occur on any playing surface) is the common name for a sprained joint in the big toe. This sprain is usually the result of bending or jamming from repetitive pushing off or jumping. An x-ray might be needed to rule out a broken bone.
  • Achilles tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the thick fiber that connects your calf to your heel. It can become inflamed due to weakness, overuse, or direct impact, making all walking and running exercises difficult.

When recognized early, these conditions are best treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. However, if an athlete continues to play through them, they have the potential to get much worse. At Syracuse Podiatry, board-certified podiatrist Ryan L. D’Amico, DPM will treat sports injuries in people of all ages. Dr. D’Amico can highlight some athletic footwear guidelines, and he also specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery! If you are hobbled by any of the above conditions, in addition to other pedal ailments like hammertoe, ulcers, or bunions, you should call our Fayetteville office today! Reach out to us at (315) 446-3668 or contact us!

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