Softball Injuries to the Foot and Ankle
Softball takes a serious toll on the foot and ankle. Athletes should keep these risks in mind:
- Running, fielding balls, stepping or sliding into bases can lead to ankle sprains. Dr. Radovic should be consulted to determine the severity of injury and the possible presence of peroneal tendon damage or fractures. Athletes should follow the treatment plan developed by Dr. Radovic, including treatments and rehabilitation, to avoid chronic ankle instability and future sprains.
- Strain from overuse or extensive training can result in Achilles tendinopathy, heel pain (plantar fasciitis), or calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.
- A direct blow from the ball or contact with other players can result in contusions and keep players out of the game for a period of time.
- Cleats can put pressure on the forefoot and provoke neuromas, sesamoids, bunions and hammertoes. Consult Dr. Radovic to make sure your cleats are fitting appropriately and to have any injuries evaluated.