Although not as common as upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries do occur quite often in baseball. According to Dr. Witt, Podiatrist and foot and ankle sports medicine specialist at McKinney and Prosper, TX, “Injuries usually occur during base running, sliding and fielding balls”. Dr. Witt adds,” Most often in baseball, an injury will start small and gradually get worse because the player never takes time off to rest and the schedule is so grueling. The most important aspect of treating these injuries is to stop playing through the pain. Small ligament and tendon strains can turn into complete tears if you don't seek treatment”, he adds, “You can turn a small problem into a season ending issue without proper medical care”. Another common complaint that Dr. Witt sees in the office is heel pain in kids between the age of 7-14. “This pain is usually due to irritation and inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. This is a very treatable issue that usually does not require any medication but it will not get better without treatment”. Other common baseball injuries that Dr. Witt treats are ankle sprains, turf toe and midfoot sprains. “These injuries can hurt just as bad as fractures. It is important to get in to see us so that we can take an xray in the office and find out exactly what is going on. Once we determine the issue, we’ll work together as a team to figure out the best way to get you back on the field and better than ever!” If you have any questions regarding this or any other foot or ankle issue, you can contact Dr. Witt at 972-542-2155.