Millions of Americans were glued to their TV’s Sunday night watching one of the most anticipated events of the year… The Super Bowl! Many rejoiced as the New England Patriot’s took home their fourth Super Bowl title, while others cried as they emptied their pockets to bets lost on the Seattle Seahawks. Regardless of which team you were cheering for, the Super Bowl kept fans on their feet until the very last minute of the game. It was a game full of excitement, emotions, and unforgettable moments.
Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs during football can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and athlete's foot.
It doesn’t matter if it’s college football, flag football, arena football, or touch football, the foot and ankle are very susceptible to injury when playing a high contact sport like this. Your running style, quality of footwear, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injuries.
At DM Foot & Ankle Associates we treat many athletes that have injuries or problems that can be avoided by implementing a few easy habits into their routine. Here are some tips that could help to prevent future injury or foot problems for athletes:
- Picking the right type of shoe for your sport is one of the most important things you can do to ensure proper balance, control, and support for the high stress and intensity that your foot will go through.
- Using custom orthotics will further support your foot and customize the right fit.
- Wash your feet everyday and dry them thoroughly.
- Replace your shoes every year or if they show signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface, display noticeable creasing, and/or when the heel counter breaks down.
- Wear only good quality, well- fitting socks that not only help to cushion your feet but also keep moisture away from the feet.
Dr. Kim and I treat all types of sports injuries and problems, from sprained ankles to broken bones to foot fungus. If you or someone you know has any of these issues, make an appointment to get your foot assessed and we can start immediate treatment to get you back out on the field. It is important to protect your feet and ankles in any sport that you participate in so that you can stay involved in the things you love to do and play like a champion!
By: Diana Emini