Tendinitis of the extensor tendons at the extensor retinaculum is the most common injury to the foot and ankle. Other problems include foot contusion, heel bruises, and ankle sprains from contact with the pool wall on flip turns or from slipping on a wet pool deck or ladder.45
Dry needling acupuncture is very effective in reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation of these injuries. The athlete should receive two sessions per week for treating these injuries in conjunction with other medical modalities.
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