This week, the top male and female tennis players in the world returned to the California desert for the 2015 Indian Wells Masters, officially known as the BNP Paribas Open. With two weeks of great matches and passionate fans packing the world’s second-largest tennis stadium, it’s no wonder that many people consider the “fifth Grand Slam” to take place right here in Coachella Valley.
Tennis is a lifetime sport that improves aerobic fitness, agility, balance, hand-eye coordination, and more. But like any other vigorous physical activity, it poses certain injury risks. The sport asks a lot of your feet and ankles, and even the pros aren’t immune—just a few weeks ago, Kei Nishikori won his third straight Memphis Open despite playing with a blister on his toe.
Blisters are certainly a big problem for a lot of tennis players, but it’s far from the only problem you might face on the court. Ankle sprains are one of the most common, due to all the starting, stopping, and side-to-side motion. When you plant your feet and try to change directions too quickly, your momentum can topple you and cause ligaments in your ankle to stretch or tear. In serious cases you might even be dealing with a full-blown fracture.
Achilles tendon ruptures are another concern, especially for middle-aged “weekend warriors” who are sedentary during the week but play like the championship is on the line every Saturday. Our tendons weaken as we age, and vigorous recreational activity can overstretch and tear them.
Finally, as with any activity, overuse injuries can develop due to repeated impacts without giving your body enough time to rest and recover. This would include injuries like stress fractures, shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.
Sometimes sports injuries have you feeling like you’re down a break in the fifth set. Fortunately, Harvey Danciger, DPM, wants you to stay healthy and active and is fully committed to keeping you on the court, using the most advanced and up-to-date treatment methods in podiatry today. He’ll carefully consider all your symptoms and your lifestyle in order to develop a plan that’s right for you.
Many athletes and non-athletes alike benefit from laser therapy to control painful swelling and inflammation and provide relief. Other conditions may require physical therapy, immobilization, surgery, or maybe just some good old-fashioned rest.
Enjoy the BNP Paribas Open this year, and remember to give Dr. Harvey Danciger DPM a call whenever foot or ankle pain strikes. Let us help you serve up a match point winner over tough sports injury foot pain. You can schedule an appointment with our Palm Desert office online, or call us at (760) 568 – 0108. Game. Set. Match.
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