As the spring sports season gears up we at Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle expect to be seeing an increase in sports injuries among athletes of all ages. The season brings some unique challenges. Here are some tips to help you get off to a safe start:
- Take your time. If you’ve been inactive this winter starting a spring sport at full throttle is likely to result in an injury. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints and several other conditions are caused by a sudden increase in physical activity. Gradually increase the intensity and length of your playing time and be sure to stretch before and after every practice or game.
- Do a shoe check. Each sport has a shoe specifically designed for the movement and stress to the foot that goes along with that sport. In addition, if you have been participating in a winter sport activity you are likely moving from playing on one type of surface to another. Your feet will need time to adjust to the new surface. Now is a good time to examine your shoes and make sure they are not worn and in need or replacement. For children, chances are a new size is now required. Have feet professionally measured at a sports footwear store to ensure correct fit.
- Set some ground rules. Be sure your child knows you don’t want him or her to play through pain. As you watch your child play look for signs that they are experiencing discomfort: favoring one foot over the other, not running as fast as they normally do and awkward movements.
Lastly, if your child has experienced a sports injury to the foot, ankle or toe schedule an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. A. Bil Buksh at our Edmond or Norman office. The foot doctor can check to see that no further damage has occurred and can make specific recommendations regarding footwear to protect the weakened area.