Lives Made Better | winter 2010

Basketball:
Tough on Ankles and Feet?

by R. Joseph Grierson, D.O.

Nearly 1 million boys and girls play high school basketball in the U.S. The game has lots of benefits, but there is also a risk for injury.

A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at the 2005 to 2006 and 2006 to 2007 seasons. The study estimated that more than 400,000 basketball injuries required time off from the game. The ankle or foot was hurt most often, and the most common injury was a ligament sprain.

To help prevent basketball injuries, make sure your children perform warm-up exercises and wear ankle supports and basketball shoes that fit snugly, offer support, and have nonskid soles.

As an orthopedic surgeon with foot and ankle fellowship training, I see both children and adults in my practice with injuries from basketball. Itís a great sport, but you want to be in shape to play in order to prevent injury.

About the Doctor

In addition to general orthopedic surgery, Dr. Grierson has specialized training in foot and ankle surgery.