Podiatry & Badminton


Badminton is a racquet sport where a shuttlecock is hit across a net. It is mostly played as “singles” and “doubles”. Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court.

Badminton

Badminton

Some common lower limb injuries due to the explosive nature of badminton are:

ANKLE SPRAIN
Injury to the ligament around your ankle, which may be caused due to going over on your ankle whilst playing badminton.

Management:

  1. PRICE (Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate);
  2. Ultrasound, laser, massage, dry needling, and strapping;
  3. Gentle ROM exercises, strength work and balance/proprioception exercises.

ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY
Commonly known as Achilles Tendonitis and is a common cause of lower calf and heel pain.

Management:

  1. PRICE if the Achilles is swollen;
  2. Take over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage pain;
  3. Massage, dry needling, ultrasound, laser, stretches and progressive strength exercises;
  4. Podiatry footwear assessment to check whether you need orthoses.

PATELLAR TENDONITIS
Overuse or inflammation of the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone.

Management:

  1. Patella tendon strap or taping, gentle mobilisation of the patella tendon and a progressive eccentric loading exercise program;

Footwear:
Badminton shoes have a thinner sole to lower your centre of gravity and cut the risk of injuries. As such, regular running shoes are not normally suitable for badminton. However, if you are prone to shin splints, you may need insoles to cushion your feet.

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