Softball Foot & Ankle Injuries
Your 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.
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.