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Sports Foot and Ankle Injuries Common in Children

Children's participation in sports brings numerous benefits, but it also comes with the risk of acute and overuse injuries to their feet and ankles. Physiological and physical differences between children and adults make kids particularly vulnerable to these injuries. Children's bones are still developing, making them more prone to fractures, growth plate injuries, and tendon strains. Additionally, their muscles and ligaments are less developed and may not provide adequate support during physical activity, increasing the risk of sprains and overuse injuries. Common foot and ankle injuries among kids involved in sports include ankle sprains, Sever's disease, stress fractures, and Achilles tendonitis. These injuries can significantly impact a child's participation in sports and overall quality of life if not properly addressed. If your child experiences foot or ankle pain during or after sports activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and appropriate management. Early intervention can prevent long-term complications and facilitate a safe return to sports.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Royall of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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