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Overuse Injuries in Tennis

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Tennis is a fantastic sport to play and watch. If you have children interested in taking it up, take come out to the Southlake Junior Open in Southlake, TX on February 22-23, 2014. Players aged 12-18 will take to the courts, and the level of play for these young enthusiasts is impressive.

Whether you have a child taking lessons or are an avid player yourself, it is really important to be aware of some of the potentials risks. Overuse injuries in tennis are very common because of the demands on feet and ankles during play. An acute injury is the result of a single event, while an overuse injury develops over time. They are subtle and occur due to repetitive trauma to tendons, bones and joints. They can happen from doing too much too soon, from poor technique, or from errors in training. Biomechanical problems in the feet and wearing poor footwear can also contribute to overuse injuries.

For players, tennis elbow and capsulitis of the shoulder are common upper body injuries. The lower extremity injury most often seen is a stress fracture in the leg or foot. Tiny cracks in a bone can develop from repetitive stress over time, and without proper treatment they could lead to constant pain, a more serious injury, and increased time off the court. Muscle, ligament and tendon strain are also possible during a match. Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis are two conditions that can be painful and take time to heal.

Dr. Joel W. Brook and Dr. David R. Northcutt love helping athletes in all sports and stages of life. Whether you love tennis, soccer, running, or biking, we can keep your feet in shape and pain free. Contact Dallas Podiatry Works if you are having any foot pain—call our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323. 

Category: Sports Injuries

Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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