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Foot and Ankle Injuries in Football

In the high-stakes arena of football, players frequently contend with a spectrum of foot and ankle injuries that can sideline them from the game. Among the most prevalent injuries are ankle sprains, often caused by sudden changes in direction or awkward landings. Achilles tendon ruptures, while less common, can require extensive rehabilitation. Metatarsal fractures, particularly in the fifth metatarsal, are also frequent, often resulting from direct trauma or overuse. Additionally, plantar fasciitis, a painful condition affecting the tissue connecting the heel to the toes, can impair mobility and cause persistent discomfort. Turf toe, though seemingly minor, can hinder performance and require careful management. Lisfranc injuries, affecting the midfoot, demand prompt attention to prevent long-term complications. If you have endured a foot or ankle injury while playing football, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

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 Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. 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 Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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