Athletic foot injuries can be difficult to properly diagnose and treat. Bearing the weight of the entire body, the foot is under tremendous stress. In many sports, the foot absorbs tremendous shearing and loading forces, sometimes reaching over 20 times the person’s body weight.
Physicians who treat these disorders must have a good understanding of the anatomy and kinesiology of the foot. Although foot injuries can occur from a variety of causes, the most common cause is trauma. Other etiologies include (1) rapid or improper warm-up, (2) overuse, (3) intense workouts, (4) improper footwear, and (5) playing on hard surfaces.