Many sports involve quick, repetitive movements, constricting footwear, and/or increased exposure to injury or trauma. This combination can be especially hard on the feet. The following is an overview of some of the most common injuries that result from particular sports:
Martial Arts and Kick Boxing
Injuries commonly seen as a result of martial arts and kick boxing include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, and ankle sprains. Stretching for a minimum of 15 minutes before performing any kicking or punching is highly recommended.
Proper shoes are a vital component to successful and injury-free aerobics. Impact forces from aerobics can reach up to six times the force of gravity, which is transmitted to each of the 26 bones in the foot. To compensate for pressure on the foot (which is much greater than the pressure from walking) your shoes should provide ample cushioning and shock absorption. They must also have good medial-lateral stability, which will help to support the knee joints and ligaments.
Activities such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse often lead to ankle injuries as a result of play on artificial surfaces, improper footwear, and/or inadequate stretching.