Pickleball, the fast-paced paddle sport taking the world by storm, is a fantastic way to stay active. However, explosive movements and quick changes of direction can put stress on your feet and ankles, leading to injuries.

Fortunately, West Hartford Podiatry Associates is here with a few pickleball pointers to keep you light on your feet and a force on the court! Read on to learn more about avoiding and treating the commonplace injuries that go along with this fun and growing pastime, courtesy of our expert team.

Typical Tumbles

Pickleball participation has seen a significant rise in recent years, with a corresponding increase in podiatric consultations and injuries related to the sport. Below are just a few of the more common injuries that players often incur.

  • Plantar Fasciitis:

This inflammation of the tissue connecting your heel to your toes causes stabbing pain in the heel, especially in the morning or after periods of rest. Proper footwear, non-invasive interventions, and orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist can help alleviate pain and prevent flare-ups.

  • Achilles Tendonitis:

The Achilles tendon runs down the back of your ankle and connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. Repetitive stress from jumping and lunging in pickleball can irritate the tendon, leading to pain and stiffness. Fortunately, rest, ice therapy, and physical therapy exercises can promote healing.

  • Ankle Sprains:

Sudden changes in direction or awkward landings can cause ankle sprains ranging from mild to severe. Immobilization with a brace can help reduce swelling and promote healing. A podiatrist can also assess the severity of the sprain and recommend appropriate treatment options.

If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or difficulty walking, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further complications and get you back on the court!

At West Hartford Podiatry AssociatesDr. Marc Lederman and Dr. Kurt Rode treat ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuriesbunionshammertoesheel painneuromas, and more. If you’re in need of emergency services, we can treat you faster than an urgent care clinic. Contact us online for your foot and ankle needs, or call (860)236-2564! Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.