Skip to main content

Common Sport-Related Injuries of the Foot and Ankle in Children

As parents we love to see are children be active and achieve their goals.  However, as physical demands of activities grow so do the risk of foot and ankle related injuries.  Understanding these injuries as well as prevention and treatment options can help allow are children to stay active.

Common Sport-Related Injuries of the Foot and Ankle in Children

1.    Tendonitis: This condition is inflammation of the tendon.  In children the Achilles tendon is most affected, but can occur in any tendon.          Tendonitis is more likely to occur from overuse, jumping, and                      running activities. 
2.    Sprains and strains:  This condition is when ligaments or tendons are stretched or torn.  While this can happen in any sporting activity it is more likely with running, jumping, or sports with sudden changes in direction 
3.    Sever’s (calcaneal apophysitis): This condition is inflammation of the calcaneal growth plate.  Repetitive stress especially from running and jumping activities can contribute to this  inflammation. 
4.     Fractures: These can be from direct trauma or overuse on the bone over time.


1.    Proper Foot Gear: This is more than just ensuring the proper shoe for the activity.  Foot gear should be the appropriate size, offer support, and be designed for the demands of the activity.  This may include an orthotic. 
2.    Conditioning: This includes regular strength and flexibility training to reduce the risk of injury. Stretching is especially important since bones grow faster than tendons and muscles.
3.    Rest: Assuring there is proper rest time between activities .  This is important between practices/games as well as between seasons.  
4.    Proper technique: This ensures that the load is placed on the targeted muscle and joints. , therefore reducing the risk of injury. 


Even with the best of prevention injuries of the foot and ankle may happen and it is important to seek the appropriate treatment.  

Treatments may include 
       - Stretching programs          - Shoe gear changes
       - Rest                                       - Orthotics
       - Physical Therapy                 - Surgery 
       - Alternative treatments (Shockwave therapy, PRP injections, etc)

Early detection and treatment, however, can help keep your child active and enjoying their sports and activities. At Castle Rock Foot and Ankle we are here to help.  Please call our office at 303-814-1082 or visit to make an appointment. 

Dr. Ronnie Pollard In her professional life, Dr. Pollard is a Board Certified podiatric physician specializing in lower extremity diagnoses, treatment, and after care. Dr. Pollard completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Denver before attending Midwestern University where she graduated as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. After Midwestern, Dr. Pollard completed Denver's rigorous 3-year Highlands Podiatric Residency Program and has amassed thousands of hours of surgical and clinical treatment experience. Dr. Pollard takes a family focused approach to her practice making sure that her patients are comfortable, confident, and prepared for the treatment plan that she recommends and is sure to adjust strategies based on patient feedback as they heal.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Golfers: Don't be handicapped with foot pain

The physical act of repeatedly swinging a golf club in practice and on the links can lead to a condition known as hallux limitus, in addition to other foot problems, such as neuromas.
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.