Baseball isn’t generally a game we associate with many injuries, perhaps due to the seemingly gentle nature of the sport. But just as there are infinite possibilities with every pitch, there are a surprisingly common number of foot or ankle issues related to playing baseball. One of the main reasons for injuries or other chronic conditions is the sheer repetition of the game and the long season- even at lower levels, players can have hundreds of at-bats, all of which involve the shifting of weight, planting, and then taking off at a sprint.
In addition to the general wear-and-tear, baseball also offers up a surprising amount of chances for a sudden catastrophic injury. Players sliding into a base can get their foot caught under themselves, or a batter might foul a ball off the top of their foot. A collision at top speed, which happens semi-frequently, can lead to broken bones or deep bruises. Baseball might not seem like a dangerous sport, but the motions and repetitions can be dangerous for feet and ankles. Here are some of the more common baseball-related foot and ankle injuries:
- Inversion ankle sprains
- Ankle fractures
- Metatarsal fractures
- Bone bruises
- Stress Fractures
- Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles tendinopathies
Baseball is a game predicated upon reaction, repetition, and instinct. Being benched due to foot injuries or chronic conditions robs a ballplayer of a chance to improve. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we use the latest technology and our decades of experience to get you back at-bat as soon as possible.
If you have suffered a baseball-related injury or a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!