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Foot and Ankle Injuries in Martial Arts

Different martial arts can lead to different injuries. Martial arts seem safe for young athletes, especially at beginner and intermediate levels. The risk of injury with these sports is lower than other sports but can still happen. Strains, sprains, and bruising can occur when practicing martial arts. Strains can occur in both muscles and tendons from sudden and extreme force. Foot injuries usually result from kicks, jumps, or sparring. The toes can be jammed, leading to bruising, dislocation, or fractures. Ankle injuries are less common, however, some martial arts movements such as the stand and kick or step and punch may place the ankle at risk. Ankle sprains can happen while participating in these sports and often involve inversion injury to the lateral ankle ligaments as the participant bears weight on the outer edge of the foot. These same ligaments can be hurt by striking the heel so hard that the foot is pushed into plantarflexion. This can happen from heel kicking the floor as one lands to break a fall or by landing on the opponent’s foot. If you participate or plan to participate in martial arts, it would be helpful to see a podiatrist to learn how to prevent or treat foot injuries common to these sports.

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 Ramin Nadjafi, DPM from Advanced Podiatry Group. Our doctor 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 office located in Orlando, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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