Sports can take a considerable toll on an athlete’s feet. Key causes of athletic-induced foot problems include repetitive movement, constricting footwear and increased exposure to injury or trauma. The following athletic fields are particularly prone to foot problems:
Martial Arts and Kick Boxing
Participants in these sports frequently present with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis and ankle sprains. Proper stretching routines—fifteen minutes in length prior to any punching or kicking—can help prevent these and other injuries.
The impact of aerobic exercise can be up to six times the force of gravity, spread across the foot’s twenty-six smaller bones. Wearing shoes with sufficient cushioning, shock absorption and media-lateral stability can alleviate strain and prevent stress fractures, ensuring foot health before and after each workout.
Any group sport, such as football, baseball, basketball, soccer, or hockey, puts feet under extended strain. Ankle injuries are common, as a result of artificial playing surfaces, ill-fitting footwear, and/or inadequate stretching.