Baseball is a great way to get in shape, make friends and enjoy a beautiful Spring day. It's also a great way to get a serious injury if you aren't careful. Every year Boise residents both young and old suffer from heel pain and have to visit Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates as a result of an injury they received while playing baseball. Here are four common baseball injuries to watch out for as well as a few tips for how to avoid them.
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis occurs when a ligament in the bottom of the foot tears away from the heel, causing pain and inflammation. This injury is generally caused by overuse, wearing improper footwear or significantly increasing a training program too quickly. Avoid plantar fasciitis by wearing proper footwear, stretching, and not overextending yourself on and off the field.
A sprain is a common sports injury in which a ligament is stretched or torn. Sprains can happen as a result of falling, being hit, or landing on a foot in an awkward position. Avoid sprains by wearing shoes that fit properly, avoiding exercising when tired or in pain, maintaining a healthy diet and strong body, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Fractures occur when a bone is broken either part or all of the way through. Fractures often happen as the result of a strong force, such as colliding with another player, being hit by a bat or ball, or landing on a foot incorrectly while running. Avoid fractures by eating a healthy diet to keep your bones strong, wearing shoes that fit properly, avoiding exercising when tired or in pain, and keeping the field clear of tripping hazards.
4. Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is an injury that occurs to the tendon in the back of the heel known as the Achilles tendon. This injury is usually the result of overuse and of frequent starting and stopping while exercise. Prevent Achilles tendinitis by stretching regularly, eating a healthy diet, wearing shoes that fit properly and increasing your training intensity gradually.
While no one wants to be out for the season, attempting to continue playing through an injury only increases your chances that your injury will worsen. If you are suffering from heel pain, visit Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise for a diagnosis and proper treatment options right away. We will help get your heel pain under control as soon as possible so you can return to your favorite Boise baseball field as soon as possible!