n International SportMed Journal - Sports injuries of the foot and ankle in the adolescent athlete : review article




As adolescent athletes place increasing demands on their bodies, injuries in this population are frequent and becoming more common. Overuse injuries, rather than acute traumatic events, comprise the majority of injuries in adolescents. These injuries, as in adults, are a result of poor form, poor habits, and poor training patterns. In addition, anatomic variations in the hind-foot, mid-foot, and forefoot may predispose an athlete to specific injuries. Prevention of these injuries and early intervention by an orthopaedist can decrease the athlete's time lost to injuries and potential long-term adverse effects. The objective in this paper is to review common sports-related injuries of the foot and ankle in the adolescent athlete, with particular attention paid to overuse injuries in terms of contributing factors, prevention and treatment.


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