Safety Tips for Kids Who Ice Skate

ice skateThe Winter Olympics are about to begin. Soon, little kids everywhere will shout excitedly to their parents, “Can I take figure skating lessons, please?!” The cautious Mom or Dad will cock their head and think: “She wants to wear thin blades on her feet and spin around on an expanse of cold, hard ice? I don’t think so.” And if playing ice hockey is a…

Proper Healing Takes Time

foot and ankle injuriesFoot and ankle injuries don’t always heal quickly. And yet, modern society expects everything to happen fast! Your internet search is taking more than a few seconds to load? Ugh – cause for annoyance. Traffic jam on the interstate? – permission to feel impatient and anxious. On TV, the hero wraps up a crisis neatly and tidily. It’s easy to let this “get-it-done” mindset sneak…

Mow the Lawn, Lose a Limb: It’s More Common Than You Think

lawnmower safetyIt happens every spring and summer without fail: we hear on the news about a child somewhere who lost a foot or a toe in a lawnmower accident. People with the best intentions – smart people – can cause an injury because they just haven’t thought enough about the dangers. However, when you’re operating a loud, large machine that whips blades around to cut things,…

These 4 Hiking Basics Can Save You from Foot and Ankle Injuries

hikingWear the right shoes. Hiking boots offer the best protection for your feet and ankles. They should be sturdy but comfortable, with great arch support. Consider boots that provide above-ankle stability, especially if you’re planning to hike over rough terrain. Above all, don’t hit the trail in regular sneakers or, even worse, flip-flops. Don’t take your socks for granted. Wearing any old pair of socks…

When Should You Go to the Doctor for a Foot Injury?

42560268 Digital Composite Of Highlighted Bones Of Man On TreadmillYou expect professional athletes – runners, gymnasts, dancers – to get foot injuries. But the truth is that everyone who uses their feet can sustain a foot or ankle injury in a split second. Just ask Joe Biden, who recently cracked a couple of bones in his midfoot – the area just below the ankle. Was he playing a bit of football? Hurrying to get…

Great Gift Ideas for the Athletes on Your List

Feet Of Little Children On Wood FloorThe expert podiatrists here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland echo this one thing all doctors will tell you: exercise is right for you! Regular exercise chases away the blues and keeps your heart pumping efficiently. Working out helps control diabetes, builds lean muscle mass, and enables you to keep off unwanted pounds. It even helps keep your feet healthy. Holiday gift season is…

Hiking Can Lead to Foot Injuries

Socks Hiking Boots 80931 S 150x150Fall is a fantastic season to go hiking. There is endless beauty in nature, which you can easily discover on numerous trails throughout Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties. If you’re not careful, however, there’s endless danger as well. Slippery stones, uneven paths, and roots that grab at your feet can send you sprawling, causing a foot injury. Hiking too much and carrying too much…

Do’s and Don’ts of Mowing the Lawn

14238529 Man Mowing The Lawn In The Yard Of A Country HouseHospital emergency rooms care for thousands of lawn mower-related injuries every year in the United States. A great number of those injuries involve the lower limbs. And, sadly, children make up a large amount of those injured. Keeping yourself and your family safe while mowing the lawn begins with awareness of the dangers. Then, commit yourself to the steps that will help you avoid them.…

Dancers Need a Foot Doctor They Can Trust

43889818 S Dancers Ballet Toe Shoes FeetDancers have some of the most overworked lower limbs you can find. Foot and ankle problems like tendinitis, stress fractures, and sesamoiditis just come with the territory. Dancers regularly twist tendons and stretch ligaments beyond their normal reach. Their feet are often in pain. They need to know that when foot problems keep them from the sport they love, they have an expert foot specialist…

A Little Preparation Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

14899582 S. Ankle Pain Shoes Sprain FeetSerious runners in Cuyahoga County are going to thank Mother Nature for providing that season called “fall.” Summer 2018 has been really hot and humid. Running is going to be much more pleasant when daytime temperatures fall to the 60s and 50s this month and next. Unfortunately, as any runner knows, a pleasant run can still be waylaid by injury. Running injuries are common. What…