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Foot Injuries From Rock Climbing

Rock climbing, an exhilarating sport enjoyed by many, can also pose risks of foot injuries, both acute and chronic. Acute injuries often occur due to sudden trauma or overuse during climbs. Common acute foot injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, and abrasions, often resulting from slips, falls, or improper foot placements. Climbing shoes, designed for precision and grip, can exacerbate foot issues if they fit too tightly or lack proper support. Wearing ill-fitting shoes may lead to blisters, corns, or ingrown toenails, while prolonged use can contribute to conditions like plantar fasciitis or tendonitis. If you participate in rock climbing and have sustained a foot injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. These healthcare professionals can also provide guidance on proper shoe fit, and recommend supportive inserts, and custom-made orthotics.

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 Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 Hoover, and Oneonta, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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