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Potential Foot Injuries From Playing Pickelball

Pickleball, a sport combining elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, has surged in popularity, drawing players of all ages to its fast-paced and engaging court. As enthusiasts partake in this low-impact but high-energy activity, it is essential to be mindful of potential foot injuries associated with the sport. The dynamic lateral movements, abrupt stops, and quick pivots integral to pickleball can put strain on the feet, making players susceptible to injuries. Common foot issues may include ankle sprains due to sudden changes in direction, plantar fasciitis from repetitive jumping and running, and stress fractures resulting from the intense impact on the feet. Understanding the sport's demands and the potential injuries it can cause enables players to adopt preventive measures, such as wearing proper footwear, engaging in stretching routines, and getting adequate rest. If you have endured a foot injury from playing pickleball, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can treat it accordingly.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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