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Pickleball Injuries on the Rise

Pickleball – the highly competitive sport with a funny name – combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong and has recently become popular among people of all ages. But, while everyone’s having a lot of fun and getting some great exercise, foot and ankle surgeons caution players also need to be aware of injury risks and take precautions to avoid them. Learn more »

Athletes: Listen to Your Body

Athletes likely experience aches and pains over the course of a season, some worse than others. However, athletes may not always appreciate the severity of the pain they are feeling, which can lead to season- or career-ending injuries. Learn more »

Too Much of a Good Thing Can Cause Overuse Injuries of the Foot

Being physically active has long been applauded as an ingredient for good health-but doing too much too soon can wreak havoc on the feet and cause painful overuse injuries: tendonitis, ruptured tendons, and stress fractures, to name a few. Learn more »

Surgeons Warn: Skateboarding Tough on Feet, Ankles

Serious lower-extremity skateboard injuries range from minor bruises to open wounds or cuts to more serious foot and ankle sprains and fractures, which may require surgical repair. Learn more »

Six Tips to Prevent Kids' Spring Sports Injuries

Foot and ankle surgeons stress importance of safe transition from winter to spring sports. Learn more »

Playing with Pain Can Ruin Your Tennis Game

Foot pain began affecting Donna’s tennis game, and she was determined not to let it keep her from the sport she loved. Learn more »

Old Ankle Sprains Increase Risk for Newly Active Baby Boomers

Many older adult athletes who have had a previous injury that wasn’t fully rehabilitated may experience swelling and pain as they increase their physical activity. Learn more »

Is Foot Pain Ruining Your Golf Swing?

Your big toe, heel and ball of your foot are the spots most likely to cause pain that can ruin your golf swing. Learn more »

Foot Injuries in Olympic Athletes and Beyond

According to foot and ankle surgeons from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), intense play performance throughout the Olympic games can cause an increased risk for foot and ankle injuries. Learn more »

Foot Health Facts for Athletes

Athletes’ feet and ankles are prime candidates for injuries. Learn more »

Female Runners at Risk for Painful Neuromas

ACFAS warns female runners that the combination of wearing narrow, pointed-toed shoes at work and the pounding their feet endure from running on hard surfaces can cause a neuroma, a painful nerve disorder of the feet. Learn more »

Athletes Living with Diabetes Face More Foot Injuries Than Athletes Without

Foot and ankle injuries are commonplace among all athletes, weekend warriors and high performance athletes alike, but diabetic athletes are at a significantly greater risk to sustain stress fractures, sprains and other foot and ankle injuries than nondiabetic athletes, according Learn more »

Common Runners’ Injury: Stress Fractures of the Foot

The growing popularity of marathons among beginning runners has contributed to the increase in repetitive stress injuries, including stress fractures of the foot, seen by foot and ankle surgeons. Learn more »

Cartilage Regeneration Benefits Athletes & Boomers

In the past, a loss of cartilage meant a loss of functionality, today’s advances promote cartilage regeneration to get people back to living. Learn more »

Back-to-School Soccer Season

Parents and coaches should think twice before coaxing young, injury-prone soccer players to "play through" foot and ankle pain, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Learn more »

Advancing Tissue Healing Without Surgery

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from a new procedure called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Learn more »

A Winning Strategy: Don't Play Through Pain

Sometimes athletes continue to play following foot or ankle injury. Surgeons stress the importance of proper diagnosis, prompt treatment and rehabilitation. Learn more »

Lisfranc Injury: Easy to Miss, Hard to Get Over

Left untreated, this little-known foot injury can lead to serious long-term problems. Learn more »

Runners: Fit Feet Finish Faster

Runners, your feet and ankles are vulnerable to injury. Watch for signs of foot problems that can slow you down if not treated promptly. Learn more »