Podiatrists & Sports-Related Injuries
Whether you are a professional athlete or play sports just for fun, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including, ingrown toe nails, nail infections, blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints ( anterior leg pain), knee pain, low back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and Athlete’s foot. Your running style, collapsing arches, poor footwear and even minor limb length differences contribute significantly to sports injury.
Visiting a podiatrist like, Dr. Robert Scott Steinberg should be your first step towards getting back on your feet after a sports injury. Dr. Steinberg can not only help treat your current foot or ankle pain, but provide you with helpful tips to prevent future sports injuries. Put your feet first and make an appointment to visit Dr. Steinberg.
Here are some tips for athletic foot care:
- Wash your feet every day, and dry thoroughly.
- If you suffer from foot odor, try applying hand sanitizer to your feet.
- For sports, wear only good-quality, well-fitting synthetic wicking sport socks.
- Always use the correct shoe for each sport and surface.
- Get in shape. Being overweight or out of shape places added stress on the feet. Condition yourself gradually with stretching exercises for 15-20 minutes before starting and after any activity (“warm-up” and “warm-down”).
- Wear correct shoes. Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should protect as much as
possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport. If running, the shoe should have adequate support and cushioning in the mid-sole, and stability features.
- When buying shoes, remember, the proper width is also important.