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Foot Injuries From Playing Soccer

Playing soccer demands a great deal from the feet. Players run, kick, pivot, and jump, all of which can lead to various foot-related conditions. One common ailment is plantar fasciitis which is characterized by inflammation of the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, that runs across the foot's bottom and connects the heel bone to the toes. Soccer players, particularly those who may not wear shoes offering proper arch support, can experience stabbing pain, especially after prolonged activity or when taking their first steps after resting. Another concern arising from playing soccer is the development of stress fractures, particularly in the foot's metatarsal bones. These tiny fractures can be a result of repetitive activities and impacts. If left unchecked, the pain can become more persistent, potentially sidelining the player. Lastly, the Achilles tendon, necessary for running and jumping, can also become a pain point. Soccer players may develop Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel. It often arises from tight calf muscles or a sudden increase in play intensity without an adequate warm-up. If a player starts to feel pain at the back of their heel, especially when stretching their foot or standing on their toes, it may be a sign of an Achilles tendon injury. Ignoring these signs and continuing rigorous play can lead to more severe complications, including the dreaded Achilles tendon rupture. If you play soccer and experience foot or Achilles tendon pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma


Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 


Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 


Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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