Plan Now To Avoid Fall Sports Injuries
The fall sports season will be here before you know it, and at Florida Foot Health we’d like to offer parents some tips for helping their children get off to a safe start and protect their feet. Below are some common podiatric problems young people have as a result of sports and steps you can take to avoid them.
Blisters—friction between footwear and your child’s skin is what causes blisters to form. The best way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is by making sure your child has the right shoes for the sport they will be doing and that they fit properly. Other suggestions that may help:
Purchase socks that provide cushioning and also wick moisture away from the skin. Sweat increases friction and the risk of blisters.
Bring the socks you plan to wear to the shoe store when trying on new sports shoes.
Have your child’s foot professionally measured.
Make sure your child tries on both shoes and spends some time walking around the store to make sure they are comfortable.
Achilles tendonitis—the Achilles tendon is the long, strong tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg between the calf and the heel. The most common cause of injury to this tendon is doing too much too fast. Sprints, running hills and other intensely strenuous activities, especially after a relatively inactive summer, can result in Achilles tendonitis and other serious injuries. Make sure your child is being active over the last few weeks of the summer before the sports season starts. Encourage them to play ball with friends, ride their bike, swim, walk to nearby places, etc. in order to gradually raise their fitness level. You can also contact their coach to get some recommended exercises to help your child prepare for the training period.
Sever’s disease—this condition that affects youth ages 8-15 occurs because the growth plate at the back of the heel is not fully developed and is vulnerable to inflammation due to overuse. If your child complains of heel pain, check with your podiatrist to determine if a rest from sports is needed. (Don’t currently have a podiatrist? We can help you find a qualified foot doctor in your area through our online directory.) The foot doctor may also be able to recommend shoes or an orthotic device to help cushion and protect your child’s heel.
To learn more about how to be proactive in protecting your family’s foot health, contact us.