If you live in an area that keeps you indoors during the winter months, you may be eager to play sports and other activities outside this summer. However, taking on too much physical activity at once can put you at risk for injury.
When athletes suddenly increase their miles or repetitions, the added pressure on the foot and ankles can lead to overuse injuries, explains surgeon David N. Garras of Midwest Orthopedic Consultants, Orland Park, III. "An overuse injury occurs over time from repetitive stress, causing increased pain and discomfort."
Common foot and ankle overuse injuries in summer sports include metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot), ankle sprains and instability, and stress fractures.
To stay ahead of the game and enjoy an injury-free summer, Garras offers...