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Top 3 Spring Sports Injuries

Arizona high school spring sport season is upon us. At this point most teams have reached final cuts and are preparing for their first official matches, meets, and games. With the warmer weather coming soon, athletes will soon be trying to cope with extreme heat on top of all of their other possible sports injuries. The school trainers and coaches do their best to keep their athletes on the field, but accidents are inevitable. Here are the top 3 spring sports related foot and ankle injuries that high school athletes endure.

  1. Achilles Tendon Rupture. This is as bad as it sounds. The Achilles tendon gets its name from the Greek hero Achilles whose only weakness was his heel. As a main connecting point for the lower leg and the heel bone, the Achilles tendon is crucial for normal walking and running. An Achilles tendon rupture is usually caused by sports such as track and field or tennis which involve sudden changes in direction, jumping, and landing. Surgery by an experienced podiatric surgeon is usually necessary, followed by a period of rehabilitation.  Be sure to gradually increase the intensity of your training as the season nears and warm up properly before competing to avoid Achilles tendon surgery.
  2. Ankle Fracture. An ankle fracture can be caused by an ordinary “twisted ankle” or a small trip or fall, but they are much more common in sports like baseball, softball, tennis, and track and field. An ankle fracture can be a single fracture or multiple fractures of different parts of the ankle which are the tibia, fibula, and the talus. In sports like baseball and softball an ankle fracture would likely be caused by a collision type event such as sliding into a base too hard, whereas in tennis or track it would most likely be caused by a misstep when running, causing the foot to turn forcefully. The symptoms are commonly confused with a severe ankle sprain so an x-ray is needed to determine whether surgery will be needed. In some cases it can be stabilized without surgery but if it is more severe you will require a few pieces of surgically placed metal to allow it to heal properly.
  3. Severe Heel Pain.  Heel spurs, otherwise known as calcaneal spurs, are usually the culprit of severe heel pain. These are calcium deposits that are created over a period of time on your heel bone due to many factors, but are commonly linked to plantar fasciitis. This condition is most common in those who run or jog on hard surfaces, especially if they are wearing ill-fitting or highly worn footwear. Wearing shoes with proper support that fit well will keep you from the surgery table this season.
John Cory

John Cory

Dr. John W. Cory M.D. is the Foot and Ankle Center orthopedic surgeon. Dr. John Cory is a fellowship trained, board certified foot and ankle surgeon. He specializes in sports foot and ankle injuries in Phoenix.

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