Harvard Review: Foot Sports Injuries More Likely to Occur in Women Than in Men

Posted by on Monday, January 25th, 2016

Women are more prone to the most common ankle and foot sports injuries, according to Robert Shmerling M.D., writing for the Harvard Health Publications blog last month.1http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-gender-gap-in-sports-injuries-201512038708#sthash.fVL2VOKj.dpuf Similar reports have been published recently, including an article on RunnersConnect.net, which claims women are 50% more likely to suffer Achilles tendinitis and other injuries.2http://runnersconnect.net/running-injury-prevention/running-injuries-in-women/ For sports medicine doctors, this opens up many questions. Why are women more likely to develop these types of injuries, and can anything be done about it? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC works with a number of female athletes to diagnose, treat, and reduce injuries.

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Sports injuries in women like ACL injuries, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ankle sprains are commoner than in men. Image Source: AAOS.org

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1. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/the-gender-gap-in-sports-injuries-201512038708#sthash.fVL2VOKj.dpuf
2. http://runnersconnect.net/running-injury-prevention/running-injuries-in-women/