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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
New England Revolution’s Charlie Davies was considered one of the “most promising players in U.S. soccer in 2009,” by some accounts — dubbed “the hardest working goalscorer” who helped the men’s national team to an exhilarating run for the Confederations Cup. A car accident left him with a lacerated bladder and fractures in his elbow, face, femur, and tibia. Though he lives with lingering effects, he credits a pair of Nike soccer cleats with his recovery.
Concussions have been getting all the media spotlight in recent years. However, as NYC podiatrists, we’d like to point out a startling statistic: over 65% of collegiate women’s soccer injuries involve the foot or the ankle! Why isn’t anyone reporting on that? Data collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association revealed that from 2004 to 2009, more than 55,000 athletes sustained injuries, contributing to an overall injury rate of 7.3 per 1,000 athletes. With cleats that catch, uneven playing surfaces, and plenty of dynamic twisting, turning, jumping, and kicking, it’s no surprise that foot and ankle injuries topped the list.
Soccer is a popular sport for youngsters in New York. While it’s great exercise for the body, and a positive experience for the developing mind, parents should be aware of a common issue we treat: toe pain. Part of the problem is the repeated kicking motion, which is simply the nature of the game. However, we find the vast majority of kids with toe injuries also happen to be wearing improperly fitted cleats. NY podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, a group of doctors’ offices in Westchester and Manhattan specializing in youth sports, detail what you can do to prevent this type of youth soccer injury.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nearly 570,000 athletes were injured playing soccer in 2009, the last year for which data is available. Lately, head injuries have captured the spotlight. One study found that 60% of college soccer players had suffered a concussion at some point during their careers. More commonly, though, we see the following soccer injuries at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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