Our team of expert podiatrists understands how essential healthy feet are to staying fit and functional. This is especially true for those of us who enjoy athletic pursuits. Even everyday athletes should be aware and informed when engaging in strenuous physical activity.
Get started by checking out a few of the most common injuries and strategies below:
- Ankle Sprains: These are among the most prevalent injuries in football. They occur when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched or torn. Remember: Even if you’re able to walk on your ankle, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t sprained.
- Achilles Tendon Injuries: The Achilles tendon, connecting the calf muscles to the heel, is crucial for running and jumping. Overuse or sudden movements can lead to injuries.
- Metatarsal Fractures: Football players can suffer metatarsal fractures, often referred to as broken toes. These usually occur due to direct trauma or excessive pressure during play.
How to prevent these injuries, you ask?
- Wear Appropriate Shoes: Choose footwear designed for your sport, not just generic sneakers. Make sure your shoes fit comfortably and correctly as well.
- Always Stretch, Warm Up First: A thorough warmup and dynamic stretching routine can help you get up to speed before putting the pedal to the metal, reducing the risk of injuries.
- Start Slow, Push Gradually: It is crucial to take an incremental approach to sports and fitness. Jumping right into the most difficult feats will damage your feet. One step at a time!
Are you struggling to compete due to aching feet? Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland in Solon, Ohio, at (440) 903-1041 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Dr. Craig B. Frey, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann, Dr. Jim Swienconek, Dr. Rachel Robinson, and Dr. Courtney Yoder look forward to serving you with professionalism, compassion, and expertise. We offer a modern office with the latest technology for podiatric patients in Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties, proudly serving our patients from Solon, Aurora, Bedford, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Macedonia, and Twinsburg.