The beautiful spring weather is finally upon us and the temperatures have begun to rise. As the weather takes a glorious turn, sports begin to start up as well. One such sport is Tennis. Tennis is a game that involves a ball, a racket, a net and sheer speed and agility. You can play the game one on one or in pairs. Tennis is a great way to get exercise but it is also a great way to injure the feet. Below find some of the most common injuries you can sustain when playing the game.
The Achilles tendon attaches the different parts of the ankle and foot bones. This tendon typically is commonly injured during tennis. This can be for numerous reasons such as overuse, a rolled ankle, or poorly fitting shoes. If any of these occur it is likely Achilles Tendonitis will develop.
Most active people have had a bout of plantar fasciitis in their lifetime. This is because the plantar fascia, located at the bottom arch of the foot, receives a lot of stress and shock when playing Tennis. Not only is it constantly overused, it is also constantly being jumped on. A podiatrist should be seen immediately if you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain as it will get worse with time.
This is a condition that affects children tennis players. This is because the foot is still growing. When the foot moves a certain way, it torques and the bones fuse awkwardly. Over time the fusion will resolve itself but this condition should be closely monitored by a podiatrist to be sure that no further complications appear.
Ways to Prevent these Injuries
There are many ways to prevent tennis injuries from occurring. One very reliable way is by purchasing a pair of good tennis shoes. These shoes will provide support, shock absorption, and cushion for your exhausted feet. Another option is to get a custom orthotic made by your podiatrist. An orthotic can be inserted into your shoe and allow for a pain-free game.
If you experience any sports-related injuries to the foot or ankle, it is important to see a podiatrist immediately. If you do not have one, call Syracuse Podiatry located in Central New York. Foot doctors Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico and Dr. Payel Ghosh will help you treat your tennis injury so you can get back in the game. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.