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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K. D. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Oct 05, 2021
Dr.Lang, and his staff are always extremely friendly , professional and helpful. This office is beautiful and I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.
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T. J. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Sep 16, 2021
Dr. Edward Lang has been my podiatrist since 2012. I could not have chosen a more compassionate, understanding and excellent doctor. The staff in his office is so accommodating and empathetic to each patients unique situation. If you are in need of a Podiatrist; do not hesitate to call Dr. Lang's office. You will not be disappoint
J. C. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Mi esposo Carlos Cortez y yo estamos muy satisfechos 0 con el servicio del Doctor Lang, ya que mi esposo tuvo un accidente en su trabajo y se daño el tendón de su pie izquierdo, Él fue donde el primer doctor y este dijo que mi esposo no necesitaba cirugía, que solo con terapia podía repararlo, pero no nos convecimos de ese doctor y
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★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I can't believe the luck I had in finding this place a few years ago. The sense of family between the staff is something you feel even as a patient there. Dr. Lang and staff work as a team, are very thorough and do everything imaginable to make you happy and comfortable. Everyone here cares about how you ate feeling and all of your n
M. B. (Verified Patient)
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Dr Lang and his office are the epitome of professional, kindness and caring.
A. W. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I was so thankful I was referred to Dr. Lang for a foot injury due to tennis. Dr. Lang and his team made me feel welcome and took care of all of my needs. My foot healed great and I am so thankful to be back on the court!
M. L. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Recently had an ingrown toenail removed. I was very anxious and nervous about the pain and getting it removed but the doctor and staff made me as comfortable as possible. The removal was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. The doctor is very friendly and so gentle that I didn't even know he had started the procedure when he did.
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★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Dr. Lang is an amazing podiatrist. Working in the service industry for over a decade ,took a toll on both of my feet. Dr. Lang, performed both bunion surgeries on me. Best decision I ever made, I am able to stand with out any of my feet aching. I can once again fit comfortably in my shoes. Thank You !!! Dr.Lang
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