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Wearing the Right Shoes for Pickleball

Pickleball is a sport that has become increasingly popular. It is defined as a combination of badminton and tennis, and while it is enjoyable for many people, it may cause heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that can happen from frequently playing pickleball, and it may be beneficial to purchase shoes that are designed for this sport. Shoes of this type can help to protect the feet and are referred to as court shoes. They are made of materials that allow easy movement from side to side and can cushion the foot from impact. The upper part of this type of shoe has heavier and thicker material which can help to reinforce the ankle. This can be beneficial as it moves in quick bursts from side to side. Additionally, the midsole is thinner when compared to running shoes, and can protect the foot more efficiently as the game is played. If you would like to learn more about the type of shoes that are needed to play pickleball, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the right choice.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Gagnon of Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Crestwood, Orland Park, and Summit, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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