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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
June 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Whether you’re playing at school or your local neighborhood park, Baseball is the American Sport and Pastime! But, with all its quick jolts, running and sliding into bases, your feet and ankles could take a lot of hits.  Adam Mucinskas, DPM has some tips to help you cover all your bases.

First Base

Stretching before practice or a game is vital to having a limber body. Most injuries such as ankle sprains, Achilles tendon ruptures and turf toe, can be avoided by simply warming up before, during and after a game (or practice). It doesn’t matter how old you are or what league you are in, young and old, stretch it out and warm it up.

Second Base

The right shoes allow your feet to work at maximum capacity for the field whether it’s running the bases or trying to catch a fly ball. Cleats should have room in the toes to wiggle but the heel should fit a bit tighter for stability. Replace your cleats after 75 hours of active wear. You can do the math while we focus on your feet!

Third Base

Be aware of your turf. Take a walk around the field and see if there are any new holes or bumps that may not have been there before. Check for obstructions or hazardous objects. When an athlete is injured, there is pressure on the treating physician to return you to the field as soon as possible. You know your body better than anyone so don’t be afraid to sit one out if you need to get to the hospital.  The game will go on without you.

Home Run

These safety tips can possibly save your season. Baseball is typically a safe sport but as all sports can potentially be an injury zone, this one can present it challenges too. Remember that injuries can happen while fielding balls as easily as running or sliding into a base. And believe it or not, ingrown toenails can present themselves to the pitchers and catchers as they repeatedly must balance on their toes throughout the entire game.

Schedule an appointment today to make sure your feet and ankles are ready to run those bases. Call us in Cromwell, Ct. at 860-632-5499 and let the coach put you or your child in the game today. Let Feet First Foot Care help you run the bases safely!

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 26, 2017
Category: toe pain
Tags: turf toe   big toe injury  

Turf toe happens when an outside force is brought onto the big toe causing a sprain in the ligaments around the big toe joint. We understand team sports and realize that sports play hard on your body and cause a variety of injuries to your feet. While the outcome of the game may show a win, injuries like turf toe, set you back in the game by several points and could take you out for the season.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot and the big toe area.
  • Limited big toe joint movement.
  • Unable to “push off” using your big toe.
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ball of the injured foot.
  • Swelling in the big toe and ball of the foot.

What are the causes?

  • Pushing off from your big toe and having your weight shift suddenly to the other foot like many football moves would require.
  • Sudden injury to the big toe mostly seen in soccer and football where the playing field is artificial and is harder than grass.
  • Wearing shoes that do not support the big toe for the specific sport – if the foot bends too far you are at more risk.

What are the treatments?

  • Stay off your feet as much as you can and it just may help it heal on its own.
  • Wrap a compression bandage around the big toe to help with swelling.
  • Use a cold pack with a border from a towel or washcloth and apply to the area several times a day for about 20 minutes each time.
  • Seek professional care.

Turf toe is a simple injury but can become complicated when it comes to the condition of the tendons, ligaments, joint surfaces, nerves and bones in the affected are around the big toe. Although flexible shoes and synthetic surfaces are a big risk for this injury, there are some easy solutions to prevent turf toe from happening.

Big toe injuries can put a damper on your sports season and if you continue to play before your injury is healed it will only cause more delay in getting back to the game. Contact Adam Mucinskas, DPM at Feet First Foot Care, LLC in Cromwell Connecticut for an appointment by calling us at 860-632-5499 today.



 








 

 

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