A summer pastime that is as all American as fireworks, hot dogs and apple pie is baseball. This popular sport is enjoyed by young and old alike on everything from professional teams to the pick-up game at a family barbecue. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we want to help all our patients be on top of their game with the following tips to prevent common conditions and injuries that we often treat as a result of baseball:
Trim your toenails—while not world-series type of advice, many baseball players end up with ingrown toenails because the constant short stops jam the toes into the front of the shoe. If your nails are too long or curve downward instead of being cut straight across, the nail is more likely to grow into the area surrounding the nail bed causing this painful condition, which can also become infected.
Take time to stretch—heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and Achilles tendonitis can all be greatly lessened or even completely prevented by stretching properly before you start to play and after the game is over. Ask our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh about exercises that can strengthen shin and ankle muscles to provide added support and further decrease the risk of injury to your feet and ankles.
Get a good fit—cleats and spikes for baseball need to be specifically designed for the sport and professionally fitted. Hand me downs are not recommended as the foot molds to the shoe. Break your shoes in gradually on the field and be on the lookout for blisters, pain or discomfort which could indicate a problem with the shoe or a pre-existing condition with the foot that needs to be addressed before taking to the field.