Baseball Foot & Ankle Injuries
Southern California Foot & Ankle Specialists are sports medicine trained podiatrists that are able to treat any foot or ankle injuries.
Depending on the sport, your feet and ankles can take a beating from repetitive play. For more information on injuries occurring when playing your favorite sport, call our office.
Baseball foot & ankle injuries are more common than you think. Baseball players should be aware of the following risks.
Ankle sprains or fractures may occur while running, fielding balls, stepping on or sliding into bases. Sprains or fractures should be evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon to determine the extent of injury, including possible peroneal tendon injuries. The foot and ankle surgeon will develop a treatment plan to return you to playing pain-free as soon as possible. If left untreated, these injuries may lead to chronic ankle instability and recurrent sprains or arthritis.
Overuse or excessive training may sideline some athletes with Achilles tendinopathy or chronic heel pain (often plantar fasciitis, or calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents). Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel with the toes forming the arch becomes inflamed or is torn. The treatment for this involves rest, ice, stretching, and getting proper shoes with arch supports. Sudden increase in physical activity and over-training in baseball may cause Achilles Tendon injuries. The injury contusions may occur from impact with the ball or contact with other players.
Cleats may pose challenges in the forefoot and aggravation of neuromas, sesamoids, bunions, and hammertoes. To stay at the top of your game, ensure that cleats are fitted properly and have injuries evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon.
The appropriate footwear should offer support to prevent arch pain, which frequently affects catchers. Customized shoe inserts may help alleviate the pain. Do not include metal baseball spikes for athletes younger than 13. Try multi-cleats for children ages 11-15 to avoid heel pain.