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Foot Injuries From Playing Basketball

Basketball is a popular sport known for its fast paced and intense nature. However, the constant running, jumping, pivoting, and sudden stops can put a lot of strain on the lower body, leading to common foot injuries. Three of the most frequent basketball foot injuries are ankle sprains, fractures, and plantar fasciitis. Basketball players often suffer from ankle sprains, which can happen when they land awkwardly or make sudden changes in direction. These sprains can also occur when they step on another player's foot, causing the supporting ligaments to stretch too far. The repetitive impact from jumping and running on hard surfaces can lead to fractures in the foot. Stress fractures can develop gradually due to overuse, while more severe fractures are typically caused by sudden impacts. Players with poor foot structure, such as flat feet, may develop plantar fasciitis, resulting in heel pain. If you play basketball and have sustained a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Peter Siroka, DPM from Connecticut. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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