Play Ball! Foot and Ankle Injuries on the Baseball Diamond

Batter up! The Major League Baseball has been in full swing for about two months now and high school seasons are entering the homestretch. Soon, baseball diamonds all across Harris County will be filled with youth summer leagues and neighborhood pickup games. It is truly the perfect time of year to enjoy America’s favorite pastime, and the hometown Houston Astros owning the best record in the MLB makes it even sweeter.

Although many people think that baseball players stand around all game, it is actually a sport that could lead to a variety of foot and ankle injuries. Stretching out for a ball, sliding into home plate, and stealing second base are all potentially problematic motions. Thoroughly stretching and warming up before a practice or game is a key way to prevent many injuries. Yet, some are inevitable. Here are a few of the most common in baseball players:

  1. Ankle sprains: These are common when the ankle rolls beyond its normal range of motion. A sprain is when the ligaments surrounding the ankle stretch or tear.
  2. Achilles tendonitis: Although it is one of the toughest tendons in the body, the Achilles tendon (which connects the heel to the calf) can become inflamed when it is overstretched, overused, or injured.
  3. Plantar fasciitis: The tissue that runs the length of the bottom of your foot can also become inflamed, just like the Achilles tendon.
  4. Heel pain: Baseball players spend a lot of time on their feet, so the repeated running motion, especially in cleats, can cause heel pain.

Speaking of cleats, the footwear you choose will have a significant impact on your comfort during the game. In addition to giving you enough traction to run the bases, your cleats should provide room around the toe so that bunions or hammertoes do not develop over time. It is important to check them before each season to make sure they still fit.

The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston know that summer is a time of activity for you and your family, so they want to do everything they can to keep you on your feet. From sports injuries to foot and ankle surgery, these doctors treat all types of foot and ankle ailments in patients of all ages. Contact us or call us at (281) 444-4114 to request an appointment!