As with many things, prevention is the best cure when it comes to sports injuries. You can help your feet avoid injuries while you enjoy your favourite athletic pastimes by wearing proper footwear and other protective equipment recommended for the activity you are doing.
Simple steps to prevent sports injuries
Whether the sport calls for running shoes, cleats, skates, or slippers, make sure they fit your feet properly and are in good condition. The insides of the footwear shouldn’t have rips and tears in the lining, and the bottoms of the shoes should have the appropriate grip or sole. The soles and linings should have cushioning and support in the right places. They should be snug but provide enough room for your toes, and shouldn’t rub or cut into your skin.
Stretching before and after you are active can also help you avoid many sports injuries and strains. If you’re not sure how to properly stretch your feet and ankles, talk to your chiropodist/podiatrist. We can show you some simple, effective stretches to help keep you in the game.
Proper footwear and stretching can help you avoid many sports injuries, but chances are you may eventually find yourself at the bottom of a rugby heap or tripping over a hockey stick, with a sprain, fracture, or other battle wound.
If prevention fails, seek treatment
If you get hurt, don’t just “walk it off”.
Make sure you get checked out by a doctor or your chiropodist/podiatrist. We can help ease the pain and help you heal properly so you can stay active.
Injuries that are left unchecked can heal poorly and result in ongoing pain and reduced function or range of motion. The advice of a chiropodist/podiatrist might mean the difference between a full recovery or hanging up your cleats for good.
In our next post, we will provide an overview of some common sports injuries to the feet and discuss symptoms, and treatment options. Over time, we’ll add to the list to help you learn how to protect yourself from injury and how to help your body recover when injury does occur.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about a sports injury you’d like us to assess, please call Step by Step Professional Family Foot Care and book an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you get it checked, the sooner we’ll get you back on your feet!