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Foot and Ankle Injuries From Volleyball

Volleyball is a popular sport worldwide. Players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the game, with many competing at the international level. Due to the physical demands of volleyball, players can experience various injuries, both acute and overuse. Common acute injuries in volleyball are ankle sprains, often caused during jumps from blocking or spiking. Overuse injuries include patellar tendinitis, or jumper's knee, and patellofemoral syndrome, resulting from repetitive jumping and landing. Managing these injuries involves cold therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and exercises to strengthen and stabilize the affected areas. Achilles tendinitis is another common overuse injury, particularly among indoor players, caused by repetitive jumping on hard surfaces. Peroneal tendinitis may occur in players with high arches due to frequent dorsiflexion and eversion movements. Plantar fasciitis is common due to repetitive jumping and inadequate arch support. Prevention involves stretching, conditioning, proper technique, and pronation control. Furthermore, hyperextension and hyperflexion injuries, such as turf toe or toe folding, can occur. Taping, wearing appropriate footwear, and orthoses may help to prevent and treat these injuries. If you play volleyball and have incurred a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment so you can get back to your game as soon as possible.

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 Ronald Pieroni, DPM from Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Bolingbrook, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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