Competitive sports often require many athletes to transition from winter activities to spring activities without considering the increased risk of incurring a foot or ankle injury. Moving from indoor to outdoor playing surfaces with varying impact can stress an athlete’s feet and ankles, and going from sport to sport without allowing time for the muscles and bones to rest can cause overuse injuries. If you or your child plans to participate in a sport, follow these six tips:
- Get a preseason health and wellness checkup.
- Take it slow.
- Wear proper, broken-in shoes. Different sports require different shoe gear. Wearing the appropriate, well-fitting, broken-in athletic shoes can eliminate heel and toe discomfort.
- Check your technique.
- Insist on open communication if your or your child has pain.
- If an injury occurs, remember RICE. An injured foot or ankle can often be healed with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE).
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call the office if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.