Two of the most common sports injuries that affect the ankle and foot are Achilles tendon tears and stress fractures. We treat these and other common foot and ankle issues, including:

  • Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), which occurs when leg muscles swell and create pain and pressure, causing numbness in the foot, cutting off vascular supply and impeding movement.
  • Ankle sprains, which usually occur when the ankle is twisted and ligaments are injured or torn, causing inflammation and bruising.
  • Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of the foot, making it painful to walk.
  • Tendonitis, the inflammation of a tendon due to repeated use, causing pain and soreness around a joint.

Achilles tendon tear

The Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to muscles in your calf. Every time you run and jump, you use this tendon. A tear can happen when you push off your feet, break into a run or make a stop-and-start move.

Symptoms include:
  • Bruising or swelling around your foot or leg
  • Feeling of being kicked or stabbed in the back of the ankle
  • Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • Inability to stand on your toes
  • Sharp pain in your ankle or your leg

Stress fracture

Another common foot and ankle sports injury is a stress fracture. Sports that involve a lot of running and jumping, like basketball, soccer and track and field result in overuse injuries of the leg, foot and ankle. This can often lead to a small crack in bones, especially the shinbone (tibia) and bones in the foot called the metatarsals.

Symptoms include:
  • Pain that becomes more severe with activity and less severe with rest
  • Pain and swelling when supporting weight
  • Tenderness in the bone

A Closer Look at Sports-Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Treating Ankle Arthritis

Dr. Adam Groth outlines the causes of, and options for treating ankle arthritis and how to determine what may be right for you.

Caring for a Sprained Ankle

Dr. Tim Miller discusses a typical approach to caring for a sprained ankle, a common injury that can range from a simple stretching injury to a complete tear of the ligaments.

Treating Ankle Sprains

Dr. Adam Groth explains the appropriate treatment to help expedite recovery of an ankle sprain.

Nonsurgical Treatments

Nonsurgical treatments

Nonsurgical treatments

Surgical Treatments

Surgical treatments

Surgical treatments

Why Ohio State?

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for treatment of sports-related ankle and foot injuries?

Diagnostic expertise: Our medical specialists published the first-ever system for diagnosing and classifying stress fractures that physicians at other institutions refer to.

Expert Care: Our surgeons have extensive experience repairing Achilles injuries. With in-depth focus on their area of specialty, our highly skilled surgeons offer comprehensive treatment that leads to better and faster results for you. We offer fellowship-level physician care and physical therapy, which means our providers have completed up to two years of intense, specialized experiential training in the field. 

Experience: As the sideline care providers for more than 5,000 central Ohio competitors and performers, including Ohio State’s athletes and varsity teams, we have the experience to help maintain better health and athletic performance.

Patient Success

Korban's Story

Korban was a track and field athlete at The Ohio State University from 2010-2013, and currently competes professionally in long jump. Here he discusses his foot injury and his treatment at Ohio State Sports Medicine.

Our providers who treat foot and ankle sports injuries