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The Most Common Ankle and Foot Injuries at the Olympics

foot injury olympicsIf you watched any coverage of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, chances are you saw images of the French gymnast who broke his leg during the vault competition or of the Dutch cyclist who lost control on a curve and flew off her bike. While injuries such as these may occur at any big sporting event, most Olympic injuries tend to be a lot more commonplace – just ask the Foot and Ankle Department at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

According to a study conducted during the Athens Olympics, less than 16 percent of reported ankle and foot injuries were bone related, which includes breaks and fractures. Instead, many of the most frequently reported injuries were overuse injuries. These occur when repetitive stress is placed on a part of the body without giving it enough time to heal.

Of the most common Olympic-related ankle and foot injuries listed below, the ones in bold may be attributed to overuse:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Peroneal tendinitis
  • Nail infections/injuries
  • Lesser toes sprains
  • Tibialis anterior tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Skin infections
  • Turf toe
  • Morton neuroma

Do you think you might have an overuse injury? Schedule an appointment with an expert podiatrist, and let us help you find the source of your foot pain.

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