When players enter the court — whether it is basketball, tennis or racquetball — the feet, ankle and the Achilles and other tendons around the ankle take a pounding. This is true for the professional athlete or the weekend warriors.
Court sports call for fast movements on hard surfaces, which can contribute to injuries. One of the most common court injuries is the ankle sprain, which is due to the side to side — also known as lateral — motion which is so common in basketball. There is always the chance of stepping on a competitor’s foot from a jumping position. Another common injury, which is more shock-related, would be a stress fracture in the metatarsal bone.