Sports Can Put Your Feet and Ankles at Risk


Of course, an active lifestyle is important for maintaining overall good health. Exercise offers benefits to your cardiovascular health, bone health, and mood. However, the more active you are, the more you are at risk for foot and ankle injuries. That doesn’t mean you should sit out, but it does mean that you need to be on the lookout for some common problems, take steps to minimize the danger, and see your podiatrist if an issue arises.

Common sports-related injuries include:

  • sprained ankles, often as a result of a fall

  • shin splints and stress fractures, especially among joggers and distance runners

  • sesamoiditis, an irritation of tiny bones in the sole of the foot

  • stubbed or broken toes, particularly in athletes who enjoy court sports such as basketball and tennis

  • plantar warts and fungal infections caused by spending time in places where people congregate without shoes such as pool decks and locker rooms

There are some simple steps you can take to keep your feet and ankles safe and healthy while participating in sports:

  • Make sure that you’re wearing the best sneakers you can afford. That doesn’t mean the ones with the brightest colors or biggest celebrity endorsements! Choose a pair with excellent cushioning and support. Make sure your laces are in good shape. Replace athletic footwear after six months or 500 miles, whichever comes first.

  • Invest in a pair of inexpensive rubber sandals and wear them when you’re heading to the pool or shower at the gym.

  • See your foot doctor at least once a year or whenever you are concerned that a problem has occurred. With years of specialized training and experience, your board-certified podiatrist is the best-qualified professional to care for your feet, ankles, and lower legs. 

Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein are experts in sports medicine for the feet and are ready to help you with an examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Schedule an appointment in Hartford Podiatry Group ‘s modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.