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4 Sports That Cause the Most Feet Injuries

Posted on November 02, 2019 by Brooke Chaplan

Feet injuries can be a real problem for athletes. Losing the ability to properly support your weight and move around can be both physically and mentally frustrating. Each specific sport comes along with its own potential risks for various foot-related injuries. Here are 4 sports that cause the most feet injuries.


Football is a very physically demanding sport for all those involved. Whether you’re playing on the front line or are out receiving, this sport requires you to be on your toes. Some of the most common foot injuries in this sport include lateral ankle sprains, deltoid complex avulsion, Achilles ruptures, jones fractures, syndesmotic diruption, turf toe, and lisfranc injuries. Stretching beforehand and avoiding overuse are your best measures of precaution when dealing with injuries to the feet.


There’s a lot of running in the sport of basketball for all team members. Trying to coordinate between the dribbling and not running over other players, sometimes can lead to disaster. The most common foot problems associated with the sport of basketball include heel pain, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and Achilles tendon injuries.


Another sport that requires lots of running is tennis. This individual or doubles sport requires a great deal of coordination between swinging the tennis racket and trying to make it to the ball quick enough. Some common injuries that tennis players experience in the foot region include stress fractures, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and tennis toe.


Taking to the slopes in the wintertime can be a lot of fun. While it may at first glance reveal that the skis are doing all the work, that’s not truly the case. A good skier must be capable of moving their feet adequately to steer their direction on the slope. Sometimes obstacles can come up that can wreak havoc on the feet as the combination of skis and the downhill velocity escalate a potential injury. The most common foot-related injuries that skiers experience are toe bang, foot blisters, foot bruises, and ankle sprains.

Feet injuries are never fun to deal with. Many can take you out of the game from anywhere to a few weeks to a few months. The above are just four of the most common sports that cause players to be at a higher risk for foot-related injuries. By taking the proper precautions, you can help to drastically reduce your likelihood of undergoing one of these injuries if you play one of the popular sports above regularly.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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