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Gregory Loo, DPM Board Certified Podiatrist and Surgeon

Ankle Injuries in Soccer and Strategies for Prevention

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Soccer, a dynamic and high-impact sport, poses significant risks for ankle injuries among players. Common ankle injuries in soccer include sprains, strains, and fractures, often resulting from sudden direction changes, collisions, or awkward landings during gameplay. These injuries can sideline players for weeks or even months, disrupting training schedules and team dynamics. To mitigate the risk of ankle injuries, players should prioritize proper warm-up and stretching routines before matches and training sessions to prepare muscles, tendons, and ligaments for the demands of play. Wearing appropriate footwear with ankle support and traction can enhance stability and reduce the likelihood of slips and falls. Additionally, practicing proper tackling and landing techniques, such as keeping the feet planted and knees bent upon impact, can help minimize the risk of ankle trauma. Strengthening exercises targeting the ankles and lower body muscles, including calves and shins, can improve stability and resilience against injury. If you are interested in learning more about soccer injury prevention techniques or have endured a soccer injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Gregory T. Loo, DPM from Elite Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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