Repetitive jumping and side-to-side motions put volleyball players at risk for foot and ankle injuries. Each year, there are 94,400 emergency room visits by young athletes age 5-18 related to volleyball injuries. And that doesn’t even include all the injuries treated by general practitioners and sports medicine doctors.
Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City, we treat both acute and chronic lower extremity injuries. We develop custom treatment plans based on your individual physique, activity level, condition, and lifestyle. Unlike general practitioners, we seek the underlying cause of the injury, rather than just treating the symptoms although our pain relief therapies are renowned as well.
Injuries We Treat in NY Volleyball Players
The most common volleyball foot and ankle injuries we treat include:
- Inversion ankle sprains
- Peroneal tendon injuries
- Foot and ankle fractures
- Chronic ankle instability
- Plantar fasciitis heel pain
- Achilles tendonitis
- Stress fractures
- Posterior tibial tendonitis
- Calcaneal apophysitis
Volleyball Injury Treatments in New York
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan or White Plains, even if you’re an amateur baller, you’ll receive the same comprehensive care that professional volleyball players enjoy including:
- Diagnosis – We have X-rays and ultrasound to examine the extent of your sports injury. Our experienced sports medicine doctors will also conduct a full physical exam.
- Basic Care – After we diagnose your injury, we’ll immobilize it and instruct you on proper rest, ice, compression, and elevation therapies if the injury is not severe. We’ll let you know which medications to take for pain relief or advise you on holistic supplemental therapy.
- Advanced Care – We are equipped to treat serious injuries with cutting-edge lasers, low-level shockwaves, Platelet-Rich Plasma, ultrasonic debridement, cryotherapy, injection therapy or minimally invasive surgery. When necessary, we can book emergency surgeries at Mt. Sinai, Beth Israel, or White Plains Hospital.
- Prevention – Our counseling services help prevent future re-injury. We’ll help you find the right shoes and equipment to provide greater protection from repeat injury. We can also answer your questions regarding training and guide you through a strength training program. Many volleyball players respond well to custom orthotics, too.
Tips For Preventing Volleyball Injuries
In addition to getting prompt treatment once you are injured, you should also do the following to prevent future harm:
- Wear shoes with strong ankle support and good shock absorption.
- Replace your shoes each season.
- Call the ball to reduce the chance of a collision with another player.
- Do not play on a volleyball injury.
- Learn warm up and cool down exercises.
- Limit the number of leagues you play in to avoid over-training.
- Take regular breaks to give your body time to recuperate.
We’d love to help you with any aspect of your training to prevent injury. We work closely with parents, coaches, and general practitioners to determine the best course of action.