Football players are prone to foot and ankle injuries caused by activities like running, abrupt changes in direction, or direct impact during tackles. They must be mindful of the following risks:
- Ankle ligaments can suffer harm due to inversion ankle sprains, which may have connections with peroneal tendon injuries and fractures.
- Ankle fractures, metatarsal fractures, Lisfranc fractures, and turf toe, can force athletes off the field and might necessitate surgical intervention.
- Contusions and bone bruises can occur due to high-impact collisions during tackling.
- Overuse and excessive training can result in heel pain (plantar fasciitis), Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures, posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD), and calcaneal apophysitis in children and adolescents.