Tips from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons for Preventing Sports Injuries

As our children are transitioning into competitive sports with the changing of seasons, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) suggests that parents “take the necessary precautions to prevent foot and ankle injuries that can occur when going from indoor to outdoor sports.” Sports-related injuries can occur across any season or physical activity, according to Gregory Catalano, foot and ankle surgeon and member of the ACFAS. Tips for preventing the risk of injuries include getting medical evaluations, increasing break time between activity, wearing proper and comfortable shoes, communicating with your children, and using the RICE, or the rest, ice, compression and elevation method to treat sports-related injuries.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, consult with Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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LeKeisha Y. George, DPM, Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care, 71-11 110th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 718-520-8811