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Types of Foot and Ankle Injuries in Pickleball

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Pickleball, a fast-paced and exhilarating sport, can occasionally lead to foot and ankle injuries that require attention and proper care. One common injury is ankle sprains, resulting from sudden changes in direction or awkward landings while maneuvering around the court. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot, may develop due to repetitive jumping and running movements. Additionally, stress fractures can occur in the bones of the foot or ankle, typically from overuse or excessive impact during gameplay. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle, can also arise from repetitive movements like lunging and pivoting. Proper warm-up routines, supportive footwear, and paying attention to technique can help reduce the risk of these injuries. If injury occurs, prompt medical evaluation and appropriate treatment are essential for recovery and returning to the pickleball court safely. If you have developed a foot or ankle injury while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer you a treatment plan that is right for you.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Kellvan Cheng, DPM from Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Carrollton, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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