[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose of review As more of our population pursues athletic endeavors, a timely review of current experience helps guide prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries. The foot serves as the basis of most athletic pursuits, and injuries of the foot can cause significant loss of playing time. Recent findings This review discusses the findings of recent studies of the importance of foot alignment, new footwear, and injuries to accessory bones. A discussion of stress injuries to the foot illustrates the importance of appropriate training regimens, early diagnosis, and early and aggressive treatment to minimize the loss of athletic playing time and to prevent more serious sequelae. Traumatic injuries suffered during athletic pursuits and their treatment options are discussed. Summary Athletic activities can result in two kinds of injuries to the foot: traumatic and overuse injuries. Certain elements of conditioning, footwear, and foot alignment can affect whether an athlete performs at a consistently high level or suffers a setback due to injury. Understanding these elements might help to prevent foot and ankle problems, and up-to-date knowledge of effective treatments for stress and traumatic injuries can aid patients in returning to preinjury levels of play.
Current Opinion in Orthopaedics 01/2007; 18(18):97-10197.
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