Runners and athletes like basketball players who engage in repetitive running and jumping have a higher risk of leg injuries. These injuries range from common strains, muscle cramps and muscle soreness to more serious injuries.

Other injuries include stress fractures (overuse fractures of the legs and feet) and chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS), which occurs when the leg muscles swell, causing pressure and creating pain. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in the knee is also a serious leg injury that is common among athletes.

Next to prompt and proper diagnosis and treatment, return-to-play decision making can have the greatest impact on an athlete’s recovery. It is our philosophy that athletes be given the best evidence available to guide their time frame for return to sport and physical activity.

A Closer Look at Stress Fractures

Treating Stress Fractures

Dr. Michael Jonesco explains the diagnosis and treatment of stress fractures, as well as ways to prevent injury.

Handling Stress Fractures

Our experts share how to handle stress fractures to get back to your regular activity level as quickly and safely as possible.
Nonsurgical treatments

Nonsurgical treatments

We always exhaust all possible nonsurgical methods before proceeding with surgery. After a risk assessment of your injury, you may need to reduce activity and/or the intensity of training. 
Surgical treatments

Surgical treatments

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

Diagnostic expertise: We introduced the first-ever system for diagnosing and classifying stress fractures. This five-tier system includes fracture grade, fracture location and imaging modality. Our industry leadership in developing better ways to diagnose your condition leads to quicker and more appropriate treatment, which means you’ll heal faster.

Innovative research: Our sports medicine research on chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) is designed to ultimately develop a multicenter database for collecting outcome information on this condition as well.

High-level training: We offer fellowship-level physician care and physical therapy. That means our providers have completed up to two years of intense, specialized experiential training in the field, which translates to extensive proficiency in patient care.
Our providers who treat leg sports injuries