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With fall sports ramping up it’s important that you follow certain tips to keep feet injury-free this season.
Even though saying goodbye to summer can be disappointing, we do welcome the start of fall sports. Sometimes there is nothing better than watching a local football game with a cozy sweatshirt and a mug of hot cider. Whether you are thinking of joining a league or your child is getting ready to gear up for the school’s football team, remember these words of advice from our Manassas, Leesburg and Reston, VA podiatrists on how to keep feet healthy and safe during the season:
Warm-Up Before Every Game
Your coach has probably already told you the importance of warming-up your body before heading into a game. While you may not enjoy doing light cardio or active stretching your body needs it before taking on such an intense game. Warming up the muscles before each game will help to limber up the body and prevent injuries.
Wear the Right Shoes
You’d be surprised how many people think that any old athletic shoes will do, but if you think so you are making a big mistake. Not all shoes are created equal and you’ll want to choose the proper shoes for your sport. If you are feeling completely confused about which type of shoes are right for you head to your local specialty shoe store.
Consider the Benefits of Orthotics
If you are finding that your shoes aren’t giving you enough protection, support or shock absorption and you need to keep your feet feeling their best while in the heat of the game, you may want to ask our Manassas, Leesburg and Reston foot doctor about whether custom orthotics could help you. Structural imbalances and many foot conditions can benefit from what orthotics can offer.
Train All Year Long
You wouldn’t go into a test unprepared so why would you go into a training season without keeping your physical activity and training up throughout the year? Don’t just sit back on the off-season and expect to pick right back up where you left off during the fall. You need to prepare your body for such intense physical training. Talk to your coach about ways to keep your body working at its best during the off-season so you can really shine when it’s time to hit the field.
If you have questions about custom orthotics or other ways to protect your feet, Manassas, Leesburg and Reston Foot and Ankle Centers are here to help. From athletes to working professionals, we work with everyone to improve their foot health.
Biomechanics involve how the movements of your lower limbs and feet affect the rest of your body. When the feet aren’t working correctly, you may experience injuries and pains in other areas of the body beside your foot, such as the knees, hips and back. Even the slightest changes, such as leg length discrepancies or fallen arches, can have a huge impact on your entire body’s ability to function properly without pain or injury.
If you’re an athlete, many sport-related injuries develop from poor biomechanics of the foot. Athletes with poor foot mechanics are more prone to sustaining lower extremity injuries. As your body tries to compensate for any anomalies, your muscles, joints and tendons are placed under excessive stress.
It’s important that athletes visit their Reston, Manassas, Leesburg, VA podiatrists for athorough assessment of their biomechanics at the first sign of a problem or pain, including footdiscomfort, poor balance, or unexplained corns and calluses. An assessment of your low limbs will help identify what happens in your legs and feet when you walk, stand and run. A professional evaluation is critical for successful prevention and treatment of any injury or condition.
Many sport injuries can be traced back to biomechanical problems including:
- Sprained ankles
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Shin splints
- Calluses and corns
- Plantar fasciitis
Once Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers has identified the problem and cause of your pain, a tailor made treatment plan can be created to restore your lower extremities and feet back to their normal function, thus improving your game. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:
- Exercises and therapy to stretch or strengthen muscles
- Orthotic devices that are worn inside the shoe to control, realign or cushion the abnormalities, thus reducing discomfort
- Footwear modifications
Don’t let poor foot biomechanics compromise your game. Whether you are a full-time athlete or the weekend warrior, your podiatrist can help you return to your favorite sport activity. Not only will performance improve, but injuries will also be significantly reduced with proper treatment.