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Rock Climbing and the Feet

Rock climbing can be an exhilarating activity for some, but it can also result in foot and ankle injuries. Falls are a significant cause of these injuries, with wall collisions and ground falls leading to various issues, including fractures and sprains. Climbing shoes, important for performance, can exacerbate foot problems. Wearing shoes that are smaller than street shoes can lead to acute foot pain in climbers and restriction of blood vessels that can cause numbness. Additionally, nail diseases may occur due to the moist environment inside the shoes. Ankle sprains are also common due to the foot's position in climbing shoes. To minimize these risks, it is necessary for climbers to choose the right shoe size, avoid overly aggressive shoes when unnecessary, and take breaks between climbs. It is also beneficial to clean feet post-climbing, and massage feet regularly. If you are a rock climber or thinking of participating in this sport, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for additional tips on how to care for your feet to ensure a healthy and enjoyable climbing experience.

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 Jeffrey Rosenblatt, DPM from New York. 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 Brooklyn and New York City, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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