Skip to main content

As Pickleball’s Popularity Rises, So Do Injuries - How to Prevent Them.

Pickleball’s popularity has seen a meteoric rise over the past several years, with recent data from the Association of Pickleball Professionals reporting 35.5 million pickleball players in the United States alone, making it the fastest growing sport in America.  As the sport increases in popularity, so does the rate of injuries associated with this sport.  At Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care, we have seen a significant increase in pickleball associated foot and ankle injuries in our practice alone.  While many play year round, as the weather warms, outdoor leagues will soon begin.  It is important to understand common injuries associated with the sport, as well as strategies to help prevent them.  

 

Commonly Associated Injuries:

While pickleball is an exciting and engaging sport, there is a significant injury risk secondary to the duration of play, as well as the quick, explosive movements associated with the sport.  Many common pickleball injuries can be thought of as overuse injuries, meaning they develop over time due to repetitive movements.

More acute injuries are also common, and are caused by a single twist or fall while playing.  The most common include

 

Prevention Strategies: 

To help lower your risk of injury, you will want to be sure to use proper equipment and form when playing, and most importantly set yourself up for success with appropriate warm-up and cool-down activities.  Below are the most important strategies to help prevent injuries while playing.

As you get out on the court, enjoy yourself and follow the above guidelines.  Sometimes, despite  doing everything right and still end up with an injury.  Here at Castle Rock Foot and Ankle, we are available to help with all your foot and ankle needs, including when pickleball injuries arise, Call 303-814-1082 or visit castlerockfootandankle.com for an appointment. 

Author
Dr. Evan Smith Dr. Evan Smith Dr. Evan Smith is a Board-Qualified foot and ankle surgeon, providing personalized, high-quality care to the Castle Rock community as a physician with Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University. He then went on to earn a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, where he received The American Board of Podiatric Medicine Graduate Merit Award. Following medical school, he completed a three-year foot and ankle surgical residency program at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, gaining comprehensive training in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Smith takes pride in connecting with his patients and providing personalized care to get patients back to the activities they love.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Leneva Fat Pad Injection

Why do my feet feel so bony and hurt?

While aging is a natural process of human nature, aging does not have to equal painful feet. Patients over the age of 50, can expect they may lose up to 50% of their natural fat pad, namely at the ball of the foot and heels. We can help with this.

Training for a Triathlon or Ironman?

Whether you are training for a sprint triathlon or an Ironman, training for three different sports can put a variety of different strains on your body.  Each sport in itself can lead to injury, but together the risk of injury is compounded.
Prepare Your Feet for Vacation

Taking a vacation? Make it easy on your feet!

Although rest and relaxation are the goals for most vacations, they usually involve a lot of walking and a lot of walking usually involves sore feet. How can you prevent foot injuries and pain from slowing down your vacation?
Nutrition and Your Feet

Your diet can affect your foot health?

When we think of nutrition we generally think of our general health.  Your diet can also affect your foot health.  With March being National Nutrition Month we will look at ways to promote foot and ankle health through your diet.