Johns Hopkins All Children's Sports Medicine Foot and Ankle Conditions

Foot and ankle injuries can affect athletes across many disciplines. Some can be very common. Johns Hopkins All Children's sports medicine specialists are experienced in treating these common foot and ankle conditions:

Foot & Ankle Conditions
Ankle Sprain
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries and frequently happen when athletes are playing on an uneven surface. The ankle will be swollen and painful and bruising may occur later on.
Physical Therapy and Ankle Sprains
Physical therapists at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital work with athletes who have had an ankle sprain. They work on improving range of motion, strengthening and balancing in preparation for a return to sports.
High Ankle Sprains
A high-ankle sprain is a sprain of the ligament that holds the two bones of the lower leg together. Pain is felt in the front of the lower leg and swelling is typically minimal.
Anterior Ankle Bony Impingement
When the bones in the ankle do not fit together properly they can hit each other during movement. Over time this can cause damage to the ankle. Patients may experience stabbing or achy pain. Surgery may be needed to reshape the joint.
Plantar Fasciitis
Pain at the bottom of the foot between the heel and ball can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. An increase in exercise, training on a hard surface or having little arch support and heel cushion can contribute to this condition.
Severs Disease
Shin splints are a relatively common injury in runners. It refers more to the location that is in pain than a single injury. Pain can be caused by muscle strain, tendonitis or stress fracture in the tibia. Evaluation by a physician familiar with this condition is an important step in recovery.

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