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Basketball Injury Management Innaloo

Basketball Injury Management Innaloo

Do you play basketball socially or professionally? Did you know that basketball places significant amounts of stress on your feet, ankles, knees, hips and lower back? Did you also know that this stress affects the joints, bones, muscles and ligaments in your lower extremity?

Because these stresses exist, it is so important that you look after your body and make sure that you are well conditions to keep up with the demands of the sport. This includes training frequently, maintaining a good level of fitness and ensuring that you keep your risk factors for injury reduced as much as possible.

What kinds of Injuries are Commonly Associated with Basketball?

There are two kinds of injuries you can sustain when playing sport. These are acute and chronic injuries.

Acute injuries

Acute injuries develop as a result of trauma to your foot or ankle. These types of injuries are usually sustained accidentally.

Ways in which you can acutely injure your foot when playing basketball include:

  1. Landing on your foot while it is in an awkward position resulting in
    1. Ankle sprains
    2. Fractures to your foot and ankle
  2. Stepping another players foot following a jump

Chronic Injuries

A Chronic injury (or overuse injury) is the most common form of injury that presents in our clinic. These types of injuries don’t occur immediately, but rather develop over a longer period of time. These sorts of injuries usually result from a number of different reasons.

What Factors Put You at Risk for Developing Basketball Related Injuries?

  1. Tight muscles, in particular your calf, hamstring and quadriceps muscle in your legs
  2. Having abnormal foot posture (excessively flat or high arched feet) which increases the strain on ligaments and tendons that support your foot and ankle
  3. Previous injury to  a structure in your lower limb
  4. Increasing your level of activity too quickly
  5. Inappropriate footwear
  6. Poor level of fitness

Common Basketball Related Acute and Chronic Foot and Ankle Injuries

  1. Sesamoiditis
  2. Achilles tendinopathy/tendonitis
  3. Heel pain/ plantar fasciitis
  4. Shin splints
  5. Morton’s neuroma
  6. Ankle sprain

We see these problems quite often. If you wanted to chat to our podiatrist, Dr. Stephanie Cooper is always happy to answer any of your questions. You can get in touch with her via email or on (08) 92428566.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Injury

  1. Correct abnormal foot structure with custom foot orthotics
  2. Stretch tight muscles before and after your play a game
  3. Strap your ankle prior to play especially if you have had a previous ankle injury
  4. Listen to your body and seek expert advice from a Podiatrist if you have any aches and pains
  5. Warm up and cool down adequately during each match
  6. Do not play through the pain

What should I do if I have pain in my feet or lower limb?

If you play basketball and are suffering from ongoing foot, ankle and leg pain it is important to have it evaluated as soon as possible so you can spend more time playing and less time recovering from injury.

To make an appointment call our Innaloo clinic on (08) 9242 8566

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