SAPA_-_soccer_1.jpegThe 2022 FIFA World Cup is in full swing and the intensity is rising as teams get closer to the final match. Soccer is a hugely popular sport, proven by the fact that The World Cup has amassed millions of viewers across the globe this year. However, what comes along with the amazing plays and glorious goals is the high risk of injury for the players, which as you can imagine, includes many foot and ankle injuries. In fact, there are numerous players who have been unable to play in the World Cup because of their injuries. Here are the most common injuries to look out for in soccer players.

Ankle sprains

The constant running, quick footwork, plays, and jumping can commonly lead to ankle sprains, which is when the ligaments in the inner or outer ankle can become overstretched or torn. Sprains can result in swelling, pain, tenderness, and bruising, which can prevent players from applying full weight on the injured foot. While icing, compression, and elevation can relieve symptoms, it’s important to see a podiatrist for a full assessment and treatment to ensure all ligaments and tissues heal properly and to prevent recurrence.

Achilles tendinitis

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body and is responsible for every time the foot pushes off of the ground. Therefore, the intense running or physical activity of soccer that applies pressure on the Achilles can cause the tendon to become injured or even torn. The main symptoms of Achilles tendonitis are pain along the length of the tendon and swelling, which usually require rest, icing, medication, and other therapies to heal.

Shin splints

When the muscles, tissues, and tendons around the shin bones are overworked, you can develop shin splints, leading to pain. This area is engaged when the toes are lifted, which is a common movement in soccer as players run, kick, and dribble the ball. Treatments usually include rest, icing, medication, massage, and other therapies.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that results from an overworked plantar fascia, which runs along the foot from the heel bone all the way to the toes. The plantar fascia acts as a cushioning support for the arch, which can become easily overtaxxed from the constant running and jumping in soccer. The resulting heel pain and inflammation can be treated effectively with therapies including shockwave therapy, which stimulates healing through sound waves.

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Whether you are an avid athlete yourself or simply a fan, it’s helpful to know about these common injuries as you play or watch the games. If you’ve sustained an injury yourself, don’t wait to see an experienced board-certified podiatrist. At San Antonio Podiatry, our team of expert foot doctors combine their years of experience and access to advanced technologies to treat injuries and other podiatric issues effectively. We offer 6 convenient locations and same day appointments, so don’t wait to schedule an appointment! Book an appointment online or contact us at (210) 899-1026 today!