An Ounce of Prevention: How to Avoid Foot and Ankle Injuries
At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we will do everything we can to help you recover from a foot and ankle injury or a chronic painful condition like plantar fasciitis. We use our decades of experience and the latest in diagnostic technology to form a diagnosis and treatment regimen that is as unique as our patients. We want to get you out the door and back on the track, or field of play, as pain-free as possible.
But hopefully, we won’t have to see you at all.
Ideally, you will be able to avoid injury and steer away from chronic conditions. That is easier said than done, of course. Accidents happen, and no matter how careful you are you are just a wet track or a misplaced rock or a moment of clumsiness- yours or someone else’s- away from being injured. But there are ways to reduce those chances. Here are some of them
Tips for Foot and Ankle Injury Prevention
- Warm up. You might not pull a muscle in your foot, but if other leg muscles are cramping or otherwise hurt, the tendency is to overcompensate in other areas, increasing the chance of injury
- Watch the surface. A top cause of injury is running on an uneven surface or stepping into a hole or along a ridge. Pay attention to where you are going
- Wear tape or a brace. This is especially true if you have been injured beforehand
- Don’t overdo it. If you are tired, your concentration lapses and you stop paying as much attention as you should. It is in these distracted moments where injury become the most likely
- Choose the right equipment. You wouldn’t wear cleats to play tennis or tap shoes or to pole vault. Specific shoes and other equipment are designed for specific sports. Every activity has its own particular stresses and emphasis. Use the right shoe to protect against them, and make sure you replace as needed.
- Don’t ignore warning signs. You may not want to go to a podiatrist for what you consider a minor pain, but get it checked out. A small pain can turn into something persistent, with debilitating life-long effects.
Come see us at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine
Like we said, we love meeting new people, but we hope you can avoid injury. Avoiding long-term complications though sometimes require a visit to skilled and compassionate podiatrists who can help you in the short-term. We don’t treat just the symptoms, but the root causes as well, helping you stay pain-free and active.
If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury or suffer from a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!