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March Madness and Basketball Injuries

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With the nickname of “March Madness,” it is easy to understand that the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament is an exciting time for fans. Every year, the tournament is full of upsets and classic moments that thrill spectators across the country, whether watching at home or in person.

It’s around a 2 ½-hour drive from our Austin, TX communities to Houston, but the trip will definitely be worth it for college hoops fans heading to NRG Stadium for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament’s Final Four and Championship games. Hopefully they won’t have to witness a favorite player fall victim to one of the common basketball injuries that can befall athletes.

Athletics and physical activities are obviously great ways to stay in shape. There is a reason that exercise usually goes hand-in-hand with intelligent dietary choices as the most often recommended ways to improve physical health and wellness. Unfortunately, and in spite of prevention measures, there is always injury risk when humans are active.

Some of the more common basketball injuries that happen to feet and ankles include:

  • Ankle sprains –The ankle sprain risk factor for basketball players is high because the sport entails frequent stops, starts, and changes in directions. Any of these could lead to an ankle twisting beyond its intended range and becoming sprained.
  • Stress fractures – These are common overuse injuries that basketball players may experience on account of the high-impact motions (running and jumping) used in the sport.
  • Turf toe – Even though this injury is frequently associated with baseball and football, basketball players are also at risk for turf toe. It might help if we take “turf” out of the equation and call the injury what it is – a sprained big toe. This can happen when a basketball player plants the front of his or her foot, but forward momentum forces the rest of the foot to go over the top of it.

Even if basketball is not your sport of choice, injuries are an unfortunate part of virtually any physical activity. The good news is that you can always find the effective foot and ankle care you need for sports injuries here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our foot doctors will diagnose the injury, evaluate its severity, and then create a treatment plan to get you back in the game as soon as possible.

Contact us by calling (512) 328-8900 or schedule a podiatry appointment online. Also, be sure to connect with us through the various social media platforms and stay up-to-date with the latest health news and valuable tips. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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