Soccer Foot & Ankle Injuries
Soccer is hard on the feet! Soccer Foot & Ankle injuries can occur from running and side to side cutting, sliding or tackling, and from striking the ball or another player with the foot. Soccer players should be aware of the following risks:
Contusions and bone bruises may also result from high impact, such as in slide tackling.
Overuse and excessive training can lead to heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.
The appropriate footwear should include a good quality footbed, which can help provide proper support for the arch and user’s foot type. It should also feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often; soft, hard, firm, or turf.