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Surfing Foot and Ankle Injuries

Wind, wave, and kite surfing offer exhilarating experiences, but they also pose risks of foot and ankle injuries. Collisions with the board, submerged obstacles near the shore, or rotation trauma with the foot secured in straps are common culprits. Reef cuts and open wounds, prevalent in tropical waters, can lead to severe infections. Among the array of potential injuries, midfoot injuries are particularly concerning and often result in chronic instability and arthritis if not properly addressed. Additionally, falls with the foot trapped in straps necessitate examination for Lisfranc joint lesions and subtalar injuries. A podiatrist can help to manage these injuries. Podiatrists can accurately diagnose conditions, offer tailored treatment plans, and provide rehabilitation strategies to promote optimal healing and prevent long-term complications. If you have sustained an injury from surfing, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help restore your foot and ankle function.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Greensburg and Somerset, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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