Which are the Common Foot and Ankle Injuries Occurring in Football Players?

Orthopedic injuries are painful and when they occur during sports, quick assessment and treatment are required. In certain cases, fractures are seen and if they are displaced ones, surgery using Ortho Surgical Implants may be required. If we talk about sports-related orthopedic injuries, Football is one of the sports in which players are more prone to getting injuries.

In this post, we will discuss some common foot and ankle injuries faced by football players. One of the reasons why footballers face more ankle & foot injuries is because these are the two most overused parts required to kick the ball.

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries Faced by Footballers

Ankle Sprains

In footballers, the ankle is overly used as players frequently change their direction to get the ball. In that process, sometimes the awkward movement of the ankle is noticed, and that results in a sprain. In this condition, the ligament that connects the bone of the leg to the foot gets torn. Ankle sprains are painful and they might also result in swelling. This condition also occurs during direct tackle plus, falling and jumping big may also result in sprains.

Turf Toe

This is the condition that involves the joint of the big toe. The reason why this condition is known as “turf toe” is that it occurs while playing football on artificial grass or the turf. Just like other orthopedic injuries, turf toe is also a painful condition. The main reason for turf toe is the hyperextension of the big toe beyond the normal range of motion. Besides this, in footballers, turf toe can also be seen when the player falls on his/her foot. The best way to treat this condition is proper rest, ice application, compression, and elevation.

Achilles Tendon Rupture

This is the condition in which a tear of the Achilles tendon is seen. This tendon makes a tough band of connecting calf muscles to heel bone. Tear to this tendon occurs when it is stretched beyond its capacity or forceful movement is experienced. The condition may be characterized by extreme pain and swelling. In footballers, tripping or falling are few other reasons due to which Achilles tendon rupture may occur.

Achilles Tendonitis

This is another orthopedic injury involving the Achilles tendon that is commonly seen in footballers. This is the condition where swelling in the Achilles tendon is seen. Footballers who put excessive stress on their calf muscles or increase the frequency of workout more than their limit are more prone to developing Achilles tendonitis.

Injuries to bones, ligaments, and tendons are painful, and they could be serious if ignored. When orthopedic injuries occur while playing sports, immediate treatment must be given. Football is one such sport in which players experience injuries related to orthopedics, especially in the foot and ankle. Serious cases may require surgical intervention involving the use of trauma implants.

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