Sports Injuries of the Foot & Ankle

Sports injuries of the foot and ankle are inevitable if you're an athlete. Even if you do the right things like stretching before and after your routines, and being careful not to ramp up your exercise program too quickly after a winter break, there's a good chance you'll suffer a sports injury along the way.

sports injuries, foot, ankle, podiatry, podiatrists, allentownAthletes who play on uneven surfaces always risk injuries like sprained ankles and tendonitis. Those who play on hard surfaces risk injuries like plantar fasciitis (arch and heel pain) and fractures, as their feet are subjected to relentless pounding on the court or street.

The worst things to do when you feel pain is to "walk it off" or "play through it", because sports injuries of the foot and ankle only get better with rest and treatment. If you continue to do the same activity in the same way after you injure yourself, the injury will only get worse.

It's also important to note that over 60% of sports injuries occur during practice. Make sure you warm-up before practice or training, and if you notice any pain or stiffness in your toes, foot, or ankle, have your trainer take a look to make sure you don't have an injury. If you do, follow up as soon as possible with a podiatrist to make sure that you're able to safely bear the stress of competition. After all, it's smarter to sit out a game or two and heal a minor injury than to miss an entire season because it developed into a very serious problem.

We realize that every athlete hates to sit on the bench - you love your sport and you live to play it. The goal of our podiatry team is to get you back in the game as soon as possible, and we've helped hundreds of athletes do just that.


Children suffer similar sports injuries to adults. Please see our page on pediatric foot and ankle conditions if your child is limping, complaining of pain, or displaying any problems with coordination.


Follow the links below to get more information on the most common foot and ankle sports injuries treated by our podiatric physicians.

My ankle hurts or seems stiff

I have heel pain (at play or rest)

I have pain in the arch of my foot

My toes hurt or seem stiff

I have pain in the front of my lower leg

I have a tingling sensation in my toes

My toenail is a yellowish color

I have thick calluses on my feet

The top of my foot hurts

The ball of my foot hurts


Connect With Us