Sports Injury Prevention
A good athlete takes care of his or her equipment. You wouldn’t leave your cleats out in the rain, or pile a bunch of heavy things on your best tennis racket.
Well, your feet are “equipment,” too. They need to be properly protected in appropriate shoes and carefully conditioned to handle strain. Condition your feet by performing regular stretches and exercises to improve strength and range of motion.
Remember also that different sports present different stressors for your feet. Baseball and softball involve a lot of sudden starts and stops, as well as side-to-side movement. Tennis requires a lot of rapid direction changes on a court surface. Football and soccer use cleats to dig into the ground to stabilize the feet when you run or tackle. Even games like golf can strain your lower limbs if you aren’t careful. Choose well-fitted, sport-specific shoes and condition your feet with your chosen sport in mind.
Finally, remember to listen to your body and go slow. If you’re switching sports or starting an exercise program from scratch, don’t overexert yourself. Start at low intensity, and increase a little each week as you are able.
Get the Care You Need
As runners and athletes ourselves, we understand how important quality sports injury care is to you. If you’re concerned about foot pain from sports, let our team at Premier Podiatry Group help you. Our goal is to get you back in the game without pain. Use our website or call (814) 472-2660 to make an appointment at our office in Ebensburg or Johnstown offices.