What are the Most Common Tennis Injuries?

Ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are very common tennis injuries. If you sprain your ankle upon landing after that high lob, it’s best to stop and avoid putting weight on it. Put some ice on the ankle to reduce swelling, apply a compression bandage, and elevate the ankle. If it’s a bad sprain, it’s always best to have it checked out by a foot and ankle specialist.

Plantar fasciitis

Stress on the soles of the feet can affect the plantar fascia, the long tendon connecting the heel to the toes. Symptoms are pain in the arch and/or the heel. A custom orthotic insert can help to prevent this common condition.

Tennis toe

If blood builds up under a toe nail, you will see a nasty bruise. Apply ice and a cool compress. If it’s bad, head to a podiatrist to have the blood drained. A well-fitting tennis shoe is the best prevention.

Stress fractures and shin splints

These can really make it impossible to serve an ace, and are much more likely to occur if you play on harder surfaces. Rest, ice, and compression is the way to go. And if things don’t improve, make an appointment with a medical professional.

Calluses, corns, and blisters

Be smart about self-treatment. Don’t try to slice off a corn or a callus – just buff it with a pumice stone after a bath or shower. Don’t rip the skin off a blister – pop it with a sterilized needle, let it drain, and apply a dab of antibiotic cream and a blister pad.

How Do I Prevent Tennis Injuries?

The best thing to do is to stretch your calf and hamstring muscles before and after playing. Remember that even Serena Williams needs to stretch. And if you haven’t been able to avoid a foot or ankle problem that is keeping you off the tennis court, come see us for some tennis love (Tennis pun intended!). We will do our best to have you facing your opponent on the other side of the net as soon as possible. We want you to hear game, set, and match!

Are You Suffering From A Sports Injury In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering with a sports injury you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.
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