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Lower Extremity Injuries From Skateboarding

Skateboarding poses risks, especially for lower extremity injuries. Fractures, strains, and ankle sprains are common. These injuries can be debilitating, affecting mobility and causing long-term issues. Regardless of age or gender, skateboarders face these risks. Surprisingly, adults over 25 years old are increasingly prone to such injuries. Ankle sprains and fractures are prevalent due to falls or awkward landings. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential, sometimes requiring surgery for severe cases. To minimize lower extremity injuries, warm up before skating, stretch, and wear protective gear like knee pads and ankle braces. Practicing on safe surfaces and avoiding high-risk areas can also help. Taking precautions and caring for lower extremities is essential for preventing serious skateboarding injuries and enjoying the sport safely. If you have sustained a foot or ankle skateboard injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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 one of our podiatrists from North Eastern Ohio Podiatry Group LLC. our doctors 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 offices located in Willoughby Hills, Euclid, and Beachwood, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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