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Wearing the Right Shoes for Pickleball

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Pickleball is a sport that has become increasingly popular. It is defined as a combination of badminton and tennis, and while it is enjoyable for many people, it may cause heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that can happen from frequently playing pickleball, and it may be beneficial to purchase shoes that are designed for this sport. Shoes of this type can help to protect the feet and are referred to as court shoes. They are made of materials that allow easy movement from side to side and can cushion the foot from impact. The upper part of this type of shoe has heavier and thicker material which can help to reinforce the ankle. This can be beneficial as it moves in quick bursts from side to side. Additionally, the midsole is thinner when compared to running shoes, and can protect the foot more efficiently as the game is played. If you would like to learn more about the type of shoes that are needed to play pickleball, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the right choice.

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 John Horlebein, DPM from Northern Cascades Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our doctor 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 Chelan, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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