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Foot Injury Risks in Rugby

Playing rugby poses a significant risk of foot injury and pain due to the intense physical contact and high-impact nature of the sport. In rugby, players frequently experience foot injuries, such as fractures, sprains, ligament tears, and tendonitis, primarily from tackling, running, and sudden directional changes. These injuries can lead to acute pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. Moreover, repetitive stress on the feet can cause chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. These things can interfere with playing the sport. A podiatrist can help to manage foot injuries and pain in rugby players. They can assess the severity of the injury, provide proper diagnosis, and offer personalized treatment plans. Additionally, they can offer guidance on injury prevention strategies and techniques to optimize foot health for rugby players. If you play rugby and have sustained a foot injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

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 Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. 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 offices located in Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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