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If you’re an athlete, you must be proactive about protecting your feet from a sports injury. It is possible to practice and play games at high levels of activity without hurting your feet, but you need the help of a skilled podiatrist. Go see the specialists at Podiatry Associates of Houston in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, TX, and serving the Houston area. They can consult you about protective measures to help keep your feet in good condition.
Common Foot-Related Sports Injuries
Just walking around every day for work or school can be a strain, so sprinting, jumping, and turning sharply repeatedly definitely puts the feet at an increased risk of problems. These are the some of the common foot injuries you have to watch out for when you are an athlete:
- Ankle sprains and strains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis, common in runners
- Calluses from friction with sneakers and cleats
Podiatric Treatments for Sports Injuries
Athletes can take advantage of the many innovations in podiatric medicine when it comes to sports and injuries. Ask your Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, Willowbrook, and Houston foot doctor about the following treatments at your next visit:
- Targeted stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Steroid therapy for pain
- Orthotic inserts, padding, and supports
- Night splinting
- Foot wrapping before games
- Shockwave therapy
Protecting Yourself as an Athlete
In many cases, athletes injure their feet simply because they do not stretch properly before participating in high energy activity. Set aside at least a half an hour before practices and Games to do the stretching exercises suggested by your podiatrist. Use the RICE method to keep your feet in good health (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Allow any previous injuries enough time to completely heal before getting back out on the field. See your podiatrist at the first sign of a problem instead of continuing to put pressure on your feet after a possible injury.
Strong, Healthy Feet
If you partner with your foot doctor, you can avoid sports injuries and keep your feet healthy and strong. Call Podiatry Associates of Houston in Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy, and Willowbrook, TX, and serving Houston, today for an appointment.
Your feet and ankles are important assets. Just think about what you do with them: run, walk, jump, dance, skate, play ball, skip, hop and just stand still. Plus, if you're an athlete--either professional or amateur--an injury to your lower extremities definitely changes the game. Your foot doctors in Houston, examine, treat and help prevent sports injuries. Dr. David Blumfield and his professional partners at Podiatry Associates of Houston will support your feet and ankles, and if you're hurt, they have the diagnostic and treatment expertise to get you moving again.
Why injuries happen
Trauma and overuse cause most sports injuries to the feet and ankles. In other words, when something contacts your foot hard or when you keep moving and your toe gets caught in something such as grass or artificial turf, your lower extremity breaks, tears, or swells. Repetitive motions such as bouncing on the balls of the feet put undue wear and tear on joints and connective tissue, and they may cause sore skin blisters. Additionally, injuries may be acute, happening suddenly, or chronic, a continuing problem with painful and debilitating flare-ups.
The American Podiatric Medical Association urges all adults to get routine exams by a foot doctor. The reason? Feet have more than 30 joints and over 100 tendons and ligaments, all of which may be strained or injured by sports and even routine activities of daily living.
As such, allow your doctor at Podiatry Associates of Houston to get to know your feet and their medical needs. Is your gait proper? Do you have a condition such as diabetes which can compromise your circulation and nerve function? Are there past injuries? What are first aid strategies for injured feet and ankles?
Common injuries and prevention
At Podiatry of Houston, Dr. Blumfield and his professional staff see a variety of sports injuries, including:
- Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of connective tissue between the heel and toes
- Heel spurs, small bony projections often associated with plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis, swelling of the tendon which stretches from the calf muscles to the heel
- Ankle sprains
- Turf toe
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures
Research shows that many of these problems may be prevented with common sense strategies such as the following:
- Routine stretching and warming up before athletic activity (simply standing with your toes on a step and lowering your heels helps avoid plantar fasciitis)
- Conditioning exercises (if you wish to be a competitive tennis player, build up your calves, ankles, feet and cardiovascular capacity by training for several weeks in advance)
- Wear proper shoes to avoid abrasions and roll injuries
- Use custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, to cushion and align your feet
Also, if injury occurs, remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression (with an elastic bandage) and Elevation.
Stay in the game
You can if you take care of your feet. For more information on avoiding sports injuries, contact Podiatry Associates of Houston. There are four convenient locations: Chimney Rock, Memorial City, Katy and Willowbrook.