Sports Injuries

Whether you're playing in a kick ball league, working on your serves to make a run at Wimbledon, or building up your stamina for next year's Crescent City Classic, foot injuries can happen when you're engaged in sports or other athletic activities. Dr. Edward Lang and his team at New Orleans Podiatry Associates quickly and effectively treat a variety of sports-related injuries.

Causes of Sports-Related Foot Injuries

  • Improper footwear
  • Intense workouts
  • Overuse of your feet
  • Playing on hard surfaces
  • Rapid or intense warm-ups
  • Trauma to your foot

Because playing sports can lead to such a variety of injuries, we encourage you to visit these other pages on our site that more specifically describe certain ailments: ankle sprain , blisters , bunions , chronic lateral ankle pain , fractures , plantar fasciitis , sesamoiditis , tarsal tunnel syndrome , and tendinitis .

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, and that force 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 and Kickboxing
Injuries commonly seen as a result of martial arts and kickboxing include ankle sprains , plantar fasciitis , sesamoiditis , and tendinitis . 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 baseball, basketball , football, lacrosse, and soccer often lead to ankle injuries as a result of playing on artificial surfaces, wearing improper footwear, and/or stretching inadequately.
Treatments for sports-related foot injuries range from rest to immobilization to surgery. The type of injury incurred while playing a sport determines the type of treatment your podiatrist will recommend. Please spend some time browsing through the conditions we treat by visiting the Our Services page.
Prevention of Sports-Related Foot Injuries
Although specific sports require specific warm-ups and prevention techniques that your coach or trainer will recommend, below is a list of general good practices to develop when engaging in a variety of athletic activities.
  • Avoid running on stepping on uneven surfaces. We know, we know: the streets of New Orleans, Metairie, and other communities in our area make this piece of advice especially challenging to follow. Happily, our parks and levees have more well-paved jogging and walking paths now than ever before, so opting for one of those trails rather than our streets or sidewalks is your best bet for safe running and walking.
  • Condition your muscles for the sport you're playing by gradually increasing the amount of time you spend in the sport or activity. Cross training by getting involved in different sports or activities can also help build your muscles.
  • Replace your shoes regularly. It is generally a good idea to buy new shoes every year. If you walk or run regularly, we recommend replacing your shoes every 300-400 miles.
  • Warm up gently and slowly before playing a sport or beginning strenuous athletic activity.
  • Wear a brace or tape if you have had an injury in a specific area before to better prevent recurrence of that injury.
  • Wear shoes that are provide excellent arch support and support in the front and the back. They should be stable and comfortable. We also recommend shoes specifically designed for the sport you're playing.

For more information on sports injuries, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, call (504) 457-2300.

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