Basketball season has started and athletes everywhere are happily in a flurry of practices, games and tournaments. The amount of running, jumping and twisting involved in a game of basketball can take a toll on any athlete’s feet. Avoid injury by working with your Schaumburg, IL podiatrist at The Center for Podiatric Medicine to ensure your feet stay healthy this season.
How can I protect my feet?
Exercises: Certain stretches and exercises can strengthen the muscles in the feet and ankles. These activities can also relieve heel and arch pain.
Foam rollers: Using a foam roller to stretch out and massage sore or tight muscles is a secret weapon for many athletes experiencing pain from their sports.
Shoe and sock fit: Shoes or socks which fit too loose or too tight can cause problems like blisters. Be sure to select the proper shoes for the sports you play. Ankle support is especially important in basketball shoes.
Shoe Replacement: Basketball is rooted in cardio. This means lots of running long distances during training. Shoes should be replaced when your current shoes show signs of wear and start to break down.
Extra support: Ankle and foot braces can provide extra stability. This prevents injuries to muscles or tendons.
How can my podiatrist help me?
Even if you are not experiencing any discomfort, it never hurts to schedule a check-up appointment with your Schaumburg foot doctor. Your podiatrist will closely examine your feet. He may take x-rays to examine the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet and ankles. Being able to see these things helps determine if you should wear special orthopedic appliances. An ankle brace or custom-made insoles for your shoes could prevent future injury. Additionally, an examination allows your podiatrist to treat minor problems like corns or calluses on the spot. If left untreated, these conditions could cause discomfort and pain.
For more information on protecting your feet this season, please contact The Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL. Call to schedule your appointment today!