Track and Field: Treating Foot and Ankle Injuries When Going All Out


The participants line up, either as a group or as individuals. Time slows down for a seeming eternity as they wait for the whistle or the starter’s gun. Then: a flurry of energy, an explosion of legs and arms, churning their fastest, competing against other times and scores, but also their own personal limitations. The drive to succeed is what pushed many participants in track and field, but it is also what can cause numerous foot and ankle injuries.

The reasons for this are fairly expected- the suddenness of motion, to the extreme sense of having them perform at a peak level in a short time period, and the repetition of training combine to form a high risk of a track and field-related foot injury. Injuries to the feet and ankles can slow down an athlete, or even force them to stop competing. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we know what it means to compete, and we’re just as driven to make sure that you have the accurate diagnosis and proper care needed to get back out on the track.

Common Track and Field Injuries Include:

  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Metatarsal fractures
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Plantar fasciitis

At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we want you to be able to compete, and to do so without pain. Pain from a track and field-related foot injury can haunt you your whole life, and our goal is to make sure that you lead a happy, healthy, productive, and competitive life at track and field. We’re excited to see you perform!

If you have suffered a track and field-related injury or a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.