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Common Ankle Injuries Among Surfers

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Ankle injuries are an ongoing concern among surfers, especially those who continually push their limits in pursuit of perfect waves and daring tricks. From simple ligament strains to complex fractures, the spectrum of ankle injuries in surfing can lead to extended periods out of the water. To safeguard against ankle injuries, experts emphasize the importance of prioritizing ankle strength and stability. Enhancing proprioception, the body's spatial awareness is paramount for injury prevention. Balance exercises on unstable surfaces are often used to simulate conditions encountered while surfing. Plyometrics, which focuses on explosive movements and controlled landings, can aid in developing ankle resilience. Using resistance bands during ankle exercises can help strengthen key muscles involved in ankle stability. Incorporating dorsiflexion, internal rotation, and external rotation exercises can fortify ankle joints against the stresses of wave-riding and reduce vulnerability to injury. If you have injured your ankle while surfing, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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