Skateboarding and Your Feet
Children and young adults love the thrill of skateboarding. As they practice, amateur skateboarders learn to master skills like “riding the rail” and “catching air.” Such tricks can be fun and look impressive when mastered, but here at Eagle-Summit Foot & Ankle we have already seen that they are also quite physically demanding and sometimes cause serious foot and ankle injuries.
Over the last month, we have seen an increase in serious lower-extremity skateboard injuries among our patients. These injuries range from minor bruises, to open wounds or cuts, to more serious foot and ankle sprains and fractures (which may require surgical repair).
We routinely advise skateboarders to use caution and wear protective gear—including properly-supportive shoes—when skateboarding. This particular sport can be especially hard on feet and ankles because of the impact caused when landing while performing jumps and tricks. Skateboarders should be aware that the strain from repetitive, forceful motions can also cause painful foot and heel conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, bone spurs and Achilles tendonitis. These may require intensive, longer-term therapies, which means no skateboarding for an extended period of time.
Even minor cuts or abrasions on your feet can cause serious problems. Wounds not cleaned and covered properly on feet and ankles might lead to serious staph infections and require extensive antibiotic therapy and surgery to heal.
Foot and ankle sprains and fractures are common skateboarding injuries. It is important to see one of our medical specialists to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment for these injuries. Until you can be seen by a doctor, though, it is best to take a break from activities and use R.I.C.E. therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to reduce pain and control swelling around the injury.
A common misconception about foot and ankle fractures is that if you can walk on the foot, there isn’t a fracture. At Eagle-Summit Foot and Ankle, though, we know that’s not always the case. Only a proper diagnosis can rule out a serious injury requiring an advanced treatment plan.