Tennis Injuries to the Foot and Ankle. Tennis involves much foot work. Foot and ankle injuries can occur from the continuous side-to-side and quick stopping and starting motions required in this sport. The playing surface also plays a role, as hard courts are less forgiving compared to clay courts. Tennis players should be aware of the following risks:
A sprained or twisted ankle is the most common tennis injury. In most cases, the injury is caused by landing on the outside of the foot, with the foot turning too far inwards. The relatively weak lateral ankle ligaments are then injured (Figure 1, 1a and 1b). Figures 1, 1a and 1b. Injury to the lateral ankle ligaments.
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For this reason these tendons and the bones they are attached to are commonly also injured in severe ankle sprains. When the injury is isolated to the peroneus brevis you will have pain on the outside of the foot- just below and in front of the ankle bone. Overuse and acute trauma such is seen in ankle sprains are the main cause of injury.
Tennis players should be aware of the following risks: Inversion ankle sprains can damage the ankle ligaments, and can also be associated with peroneal tendon injuries and... Overuse and excessive training can lead to heel pain (plantar fasciitis) , Achilles tendonitis , sesamoiditis , stress...
One of the most common reasons for lost time in tennis is an ankle injury. There are a few different reasons that these injuries may occur, such as: Poorly fitting footwear Running/walking on an uneven surface Not properly warming up A prior injury or condition. Footwear
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So which ankle brace is best for tennis? All around ankle stability: Aircast A60 Ankle Brace – Worn by pro Andrew Murray – Lightweight, good stability, slim fit. DonJoy Stabilizing Ankle Brace – Lightweight, good stability, slim fit – very similar to if not a tad better than the popular ASO ankle brace used by a lot of tennis players.