Get out your Cracker Jacks, oil up your glove, and practice your swing – it’s baseball season! Whether you’re a player, coach, team Mom, or just an avid fan practicing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” it’s important to be aware of potential injuries that are common among baseball players and what to do about them – especially when it involves foot and ankle pain.
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5 Common Baseball Foot Injuries, and How to Prevent Them
1, Ankle Sprains – Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that slow down baseball players. Oftentimes they occur when a person slides into a base feet first. Unlike a little league diamond, major league stadiums don’t have breakaway bases, so it’s easy to see how sliding feet first into a stationary object at an odd angle can cause ankle sprains. Tips to Prevent – Where an ankle brace while playing, learn and practice the proper way to slide, or slide head first. If you’re going to slide head first, consider holding batting gloves in your hand while you run. This will help ensure you won’t jam or break your fingers when going in hands first.
2. Foot Fractures – Foot fractures are another common injury that occurs throughout the baseball season. Similar to ankle sprains, these typically occur when a player slides awkwardly into a base, but they can also happen when a batter fouls a ball off their foot. These high impact fractures can sideline a player for months at a time, so try to avoid them at all costs. Tips to Prevent – Wear a foot guard while batting, and practice proper feet first sliding techniques.
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If you, a friend or family member experiences a baseball injury, don’t wait until strike three to get it treated. Beyond just normal wear and tear that requires rest or the RICE method, if you don’t get an injury treated that is causing foot and ankle pain, it will only get worse.
If you’re experiencing chronic foot and ankle pain and you haven’t had a baseball or other type of sport injury, you should also be aware that there could be another underlying problem caused by foot misalignment. When your ankle bone slips off the heel bone, it causes an excessive inward rotation of your foot. This misalignment is present since birth and leads to problems in your feet, knees, hips and back.
Learn more about foot misalignment and other foot problems causing you pain by contacting a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.