Softball Foot & Ankle Injuries

Softball Foot and Ankle InjuriesYour feet and ankles take a beating when you’re playing softball.

Softball players should be aware of the following risks:

Ankle sprains may occur while running, fielding balls, stepping on or sliding into bases. Sprains should be evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist to determine the extent of injury, including possible peroneal tendon injuries or fractures. The foot and ankle specialist will develop a treatment plan: failure to fully treat and rehabilitate a sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability and recurrent sprains.

Overuse or excessive training may sideline some athletes with Achilles tendinopathy or heel pain (often plantar fasiciitis, or calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents).

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 youger than 13.  Try multi-cleats for children ages 11-15 to avoid heel pain.

Contact Us

Robert Spencer, DPM

Nitza Rodriguez, DPM

Map & Directions

27800 Medical Center Road, Suite 110
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Tel: (949) 364-9255 (WALK)
Fax: (949) 364-9250
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm
*(Lunch 12 noon - 1pm)
Friday: 9am - 1pm