Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

Many sports are hard on the feet because of quick repetitive movements, constricting footwear, and/or increased exposure to injury or trauma. Following is a brief overview of some of the most common injuries that result from particular sports.


Impact forces from aerobics can reach up to six times the force of gravity, which is transmitted to each of the 26 bones in the foot. That is why proper shoes are crucial to successful, injury-free aerobics. Shoes should provide sufficient cushioning and shock absorption to compensate for pressure on the foot many times greater than found in walking. They must also have good medial-lateral stability.

Martial Arts & Kick Boxing

Injuries commonly seen as a result of martial arts and kick boxing include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, and ankle sprains. Stretching is recommended to help prevent injury: specifically, a minimum of 15 minutes of stretching before performing any kicking or punching.

Team Sports

Activities such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse often lead to ankle injuries as a result of play on artificial surfaces, improper footwear, and/or inadequate stretching.

How can I prevent Sports Injuries?

Preventing sports injuries is crucial for maintaining peak performance and avoiding setbacks. Proper footwear tailored to your specific activity can greatly reduce the risk of injury by providing the necessary support and cushioning. Regular warm-up and cool-down routines are essential to prepare your body for the demands of your sport and to recover afterward. Incorporating cross-training into your regimen can help balance muscle use and prevent overuse injuries. Listening to your body and not pushing through pain can prevent minor issues from becoming major ones. Finally, routine check-ups with a podiatrist can identify potential problems early and keep your feet and ankles in top condition. By taking these proactive steps, athletes can protect themselves against common sports-related injuries and ensure they stay in the game.

Pain is a Sign to See Our team at West Hartford Podiatrity

Sports injuries can be a setback, but with the right approach, they don’t have to keep you out of the game for long. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, we understand the urgency athletes feel to return to their sport. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of services to diagnose, treat, and prevent sports-related foot and ankle injuries. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, we’re here to help you maintain optimal foot health and performance. Don’t let an injury sideline you; schedule an appointment with us and get back to doing what you love.