Some of the common injuries associated with youth soccer players are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and severs disease. These injuries develop as a result of excessive running or jumping which can cause undue stress to the various structures around the foot and ankle.Furthermore, poor flexibility of the calf muscles (gastroc and soleus) and the Achilles tendon, overpronation (flat arch), and inappropriate footwear are some of the other factors that can cause foot and ankle pain. As mentioned above, here are some definitions of foot and ankle injuries that are common in youth soccer.
Plantar Fasciitis: The plantar fascia is a flat ligament at the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toeswhich supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament which in turn leads to pain.
Severs Disease: Also known as calcaneal apophysitis is common between the ages of 10 to 14 years old. It is caused by pulling of the Achilles tendon where it attaches into the heel. Activities that involve excessive running or jumping can cause undue stress on the calcaneal apophysis.
Achilles Tendonitis: This is very common with runners and other athletes. This tendon connects the large calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). It provides the power in the push off phase of the gait cycle.
These conditions are not typically caused by one traumatic injury. They are usually associated with accumulative stress or overuse injuries. There are multiple contributing factors that need to be attended to, and one way that these injuries can be addressed iswith proper taping techniques. Furthermore, addressing not only the strengthening aspect of the foot and ankle, but working to improve the flexibility, balance and proprioception, and soft/deep tissue mobilization or myofascial release may help decrease pain.
Lou Rossi D.C. and Kyle Milligan P.T. specialize in the treatment of injured athletes. As a chiropractor and physical therapist they focus on both rehabilitation and enhanced sports performance. Centerpointe Chiropractic and Physical Therapy will be holding a Free Soccer Clinic in conjunction with current and former division 1 soccer players. It will be held at Huffman Field Saturday July 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Current and former division 1 soccer players will instruct on soccer specific drills and skills, while Lou and Kyle will instruct on injury prevention and sports performance enhancement drills. Call Centerpointe Chiropractic and Physical Therapyat 330-723-2225 or go to medinacenterpointe.com for more details or to register.