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Foot and Ankle Injuries in Martial Arts

Different martial arts can lead to different injuries. Martial arts seem safe for young athletes, especially at beginner and intermediate levels. The risk of injury with these sports is lower than other sports but can still happen. Strains, sprains, and bruising can occur when practicing martial arts. Strains can occur in both muscles and tendons from sudden and extreme force. Foot injuries usually result from kicks, jumps, or sparring. The toes can be jammed, leading to bruising, dislocation, or fractures. Ankle injuries are less common, however, some martial arts movements such as the stand and kick or step and punch may place the ankle at risk. Ankle sprains can happen while participating in these sports and often involve inversion injury to the lateral ankle ligaments as the participant bears weight on the outer edge of the foot. These same ligaments can be hurt by striking the heel so hard that the foot is pushed into plantarflexion. This can happen from heel kicking the floor as one lands to break a fall or by landing on the opponent’s foot. If you participate or plan to participate in martial arts, it would be helpful to see a podiatrist to learn how to prevent or treat foot injuries common to these sports.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Clover Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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