Fall sports are here, and children are preparing for game season. They’re stocking up on equipment, uniforms, and team spirit. But some parents and children are missing one key thing this sports season: Preventing foot and ankle injuries. All athletes are at risk of injuring their feet or ankles, and because this is National Youth Sports Week, Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists is sharing tips to keep your children safe during fall sports.
1. Have previous sports injuries examined: It’s important to have a medical examination before the season begins to determine if a previous injury is susceptible to further stress. This exam can also help determine if more protection or support is needed for previous injuries.
2. Find the right shoes: Every sport is played differently and needs your body to move differently, too. So, you need to buy the type of shoe required by the sport your child is participating in. Always start a new season with new shoes because old shoes can be worn down unevenly, causing the arch to fall or the ankle to tilt.
3. Seek treatment for injuries immediately: Getting an injury assessed and treated as quickly as possible is crucial because some injuries can lead to long-term issues, such as arthritis. By getting proper treatment sooner, you’re lowering the probability of experiencing these problems.
4. Get some rest: Athletes of all ages must get enough rest because muscle fatigue and a lack of sleep aren’t a good mixture. Overworked muscles are more disposed to injury.
5. Warm up and cool down: Your child should be stretching and warming up before practice and cooling down after practice. Preparing your ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and muscles is crucial.
If your child experiences a foot or ankle sports-related injury, don’t try to self-diagnose it. Instead, contact Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists to schedule a visit by calling our office at 860-632-5499 or by clicking here to make your appointment online.