By Pedram A. Hendizadeh, DPM, FACFAS
Pickleball is a fast-paced sport that requires quick movements and rapid changes in direction.
As with any sport, injuries are an unfortunate possibility, and this includes foot and ankle injuries. These injuries can occur due to repetitive movements, sudden impact, or accidents on the court. Let’s take a closer look at some common foot-related pickleball injuries and how to prevent them.
Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries in pickleball. They are often caused by rapid changes in direction or landing awkwardly after jumping for the ball. To avoid ankle sprains, it’s important to wear supportive shoes that have good grip on the court. Shoes with high tops can also provide extra ankle support. Another way to prevent ankle sprains is to stretch and warm up before playing and to work on strengthening exercises for the ankles.
Stress fractures are another common injury in pickleball. They are small cracks in the bones of the foot caused by repeated stress, which can result from playing pickleball on a hard court without adequate shock absorption. To prevent stress fractures, it’s important to wear shoes with good cushioning, especially if you have a history of stress fractures or other foot injuries. Proper technique and avoiding overuse can also help prevent stress fractures.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that develops when the tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. This can occur due to repetitive movements, poor footwear, or tight calf muscles. To prevent plantar fasciitis, it’s important to wear supportive shoes that fit well and have adequate cushioning. Stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet can also help prevent this condition.
Pickle ball is the Fastest growing sport, but as with any physical activity, it’s important to take precautions to avoid injury. Wearing proper shoes and equipment, warming up properly, and maintaining good technique are all keys to preventing foot-related injuries on the pickleball court.