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Stretching is essential for pickleball players to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Incorporating calf raises into your routine strengthens the muscles, improving stability and reducing the risk of strains. Toe touches stretch the hamstrings and lower back, enhancing flexibility and overall mobility. Regular stretching increases blood flow to the muscles, which can help in quicker recovery and reduced muscle soreness. It also improves range of motion, making movements on the court more efficient and less prone to injury. By dedicating time to these stretches, players can maintain their performance and enjoy the game with a lower risk of foot and ankle issues. Stretching not only prepares the body for the physical demands of pickleball but also contributes to long-term joint and muscle health. If you have developed a foot or ankle injury while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment options, and guide you on additional stretches.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact the foot specialists of Marvel Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gilbert and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Acquired adult flat feet, also known as progressive collapsing foot deformity, is a condition where the arches of the feet gradually flatten over time. This can lead to pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. The condition is often caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, where the tendon that supports the arch weakens or tears. Other contributing factors include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and injuries. Symptoms typically start with pain along the inner foot and ankle, followed by visible flattening of the arch and outward rolling of the ankle. If left untreated, the condition can lead to severe deformity and arthritis.  Relief options can include orthotic devices, and in advanced cases, surgery to repair or reconstruct the affected tendons and bones. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact the foot specialists from Marvel Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gilbert and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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