This Sunday is one of the most highly anticipated events for millions of men and women around the United States…It’s Superbowl Sunday! The battle between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will be a tough one.Regardless of which team you’re cheering for, the Super Bowl is always a game full of excitement, emotions, and unforgettable moments.
While most of us are focused on the score, for the football players, there is a high risk of injury involved in the game, especially when stakes are high. 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. 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.There are many factors that can contribute to injury including running style, quality of footwear, and even minor limb length differences.
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:
1. Pick the right shoe for your sport. It 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.
2. Use orthotics. Theywill further support your foot and customize the right fit.
3. Washand dry your feet thoroughly, everyday.
4. Get rid of old shoes. You should 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.
5. Wear moisture-wicking socks. Wear only good quality, well- fitting socks that not only help to cushion your feet but also keep moisture away from the feet.
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!