Posts for tag: Sports Injuries
Keep your feet and ankles healthy while still enjoying the heat of the game.
We know that as an athlete you are excited and pumped to head out on the field and play the game. Of course, before you start, there are some safety measures you have to take to protect your body from injury. Particularly if you play contact sports, you may be prone to foot and ankle injuries. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 25 percent of athletic injuries are actually foot and ankle injuries. Our Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists are here to tell you how to prevent these injuries from happening to you.
We believe in preventing injuries and diseases first and foremost. Here are some things you can do to protect your feet and ankles during a game:
Warming up and Stretching
Do not underestimate the importance of warming up before the game. Just as you wouldn’t take an exam unprepared, you shouldn’t go out on the field with a body that is cold and not fully ready to engage in physical activity.
Take anywhere from about 10 to 15 minutes to perform dynamic stretches or to jog in place prior to the game. Getting the blood pumping to all muscles and tissues before a game is a great way to prevent injuries.
Sometimes even the best of footwear can’t offer the full protection and shock absorption your feet and ankles need. When this occurs it might be a good idea to talk to us about custom-made orthotics. Don’t be fooled! Over-the-counter orthotics aren’t the same thing. This one-size-fits-most approach could end up making issues worse. Fortunately, we can tailor make these shoe inserts to provide the support you need to keep feet and ankles happy and healthy.
Choose the Right Footwear
It’s important that you are wearing the right shoes for the job. As you probably already know, not all sneakers are created equally. You’ll want to find shoes that offer the support, stabilization and cushioning that you need depending on the sport you are playing. Soccer players will need different shoes than someone who plays hockey or football. If you are in doubt, talk to us or head to a sporting goods store to get the advice you need on how to choose the right athletic footwear to meet your needs.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an injury it’s important that you get the problem checked out right away. Whether it’s foot pain and swelling or you can’t put weight on your ankle, these are all problems that should be looked at by our foot specialist. Call Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, Elmhurst, and River North, IL and Highland, IN today!
Find out the most common injuries that occur while playing sports and what you can do to prevent them.
It’s football season. Time to pull out the helmet and padding and hit the ground running. It’s an exciting time for anyone who is on the field involved in a lively game of football. Whether you play professionally or you just enjoy playing on a community team, our River North, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and Schaumburg, IL, podiatrists see a lot of the same foot injuries time-and-time again from sports. Look out for these common sports-related injuries:
While a stress fracture can happen on the field, this injury is often caused by a diet that is lacking in nutrients and an athlete who is overtraining. A stress fracture will cause tenderness and even swelling around the area. It may be difficult to put weight on the foot without experiencing pain.
If we suspect a stress fracture one of our River North, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and Schaumburg foot doctors will run imaging tests to see how severe the fracture is. For the minor causes, at-home remedies like icing, elevating, resting and avoiding certain activities will do the trick. More severe cases may be required to wear a cast.
With repeated hyperextension of the big toe comes a condition known as turf toe. Those with turf toe often known it because the symptoms are pretty standard across the board: pain and tenderness in the big toe, pain when pushing off the foot and pain when moving the toe joint. While we will recommend coming in just to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on, true turf toe can be treated by resting and icing the toe. We can also show you taping techniques to limit the big toe’s movement.
This condition is a pretty common cause of heel pain in athletes. This inflammatory foot problem can cause pain (particularly when taking the first few steps in the morning), tenderness near the heel and arch and even inflammation of the plantar fascia (which you won’t be able to see). Athletes can even strain this thick band of muscle, which can turn into plantar fasciitis if it isn’t properly cared for. Those with tight calf muscles and athletes who are overweight are more at risk for developing this condition.
Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North, Elmhurst, Highland, East Chicago, St. John and Schaumburg, IL is here to everyone, from the dedicated office worker to the marathoner. Feet should never be in pain or make it difficult to move around. If you are suffering from any foot problems that make moving a challenge, then it’s time you called us today!
Astroturf can increase an athlete’s risk of injury. Find out how to safely compete on this artificial surface from your Schaumburg sports podiatrist.
Artificial turf has been around for over 40 years, and while it is easier for indoor stadiums to maintain it does have a history of increasing the chances of sports-related injuries, as well. If you or your players are playing on artificial turf then it’s time you listened to our Schaumburg, IL podiatrists about ways to keep yourself or your team safe.
In the past, older artificial turf was blamed for everything from ankle sprains and concussions to ACL tears. Of course, there is still controversy with even modern-day AstroTurf; however, while these injuries can be scary to any athlete there are ways they can be avoided:
Implement Proper Conditioning
You shouldn’t just jump right into the game without having had training throughout the off-season. Sports can put a significant amount of wear and tear on feet and ankles. Compounded by playing on artificial turf and you’re in for an injury if you don’t prepare your body. You’ll want to talk to your coach about exercises you should be doing to increase mobility and muscle strength.
Wear the Right Gear
The shoes you wear are also important to your game (and no, we don’t mean what brand you’re wearing). You want athletic shoes that can provide support and cushioning for your specific activity level.
And not everyone has the same foot issues: some people have high arches and others pronate. In order to find shoes that will provide the best support while on AstroTurf you will want to speak with a specialist at an athletic shoe store who can help you out.
Consider the Benefits of Orthotics
Orthotics can be a great way to reduce or even eliminate foot pain. Custom orthotics can be prescribed by your foot doctor and can help improve everything from foot pain to even hip or back pain. Besides addressing pain, orthotics can also improve joint mobility and functioning. By altering the faulty foot mechanics that some people have with orthotics we can make it easier for athletes to run or move safely on artificial surfaces.
Tape to Prevent Injuries
If you’ve already experienced an ankle sprain in the past, chances are good that you don’t want to experience another one. Unfortunately, those who’ve already had a history of previous sprains are more likely to experience more in the future. Taping an ankle has even shown effective in protecting against future sprains. If you aren’t sure how to properly tape your foot or ankle, talk to a foot specialist.
It’s important that athletic feet get a little TLC every once in a while. Whether you want to find out if custom orthotics is right for you or you need proper treatment for heel pain let the foot experts at Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg, IL help you out.
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!
Football is one of the leading causes of sports injuries that come in the door to the Center for Podiatric Medicine here in Schaumburg. Common injuries include ankle sprains, caused by falls where the foot rolls under the leg. Turf toe, or big toe sprains, occur if players fall forward with the toe still flat on the ground. And Lisfranc injuries, named for the joints between your metastarsals and tarsals, can happen due to repeated planting and twisting of your feet.
However, injuries aren't inevitable. Here are some tips for staying safe, and on the gridiron, this season.
Improperly warmed up muscles and joints are more prone to injury. Here are some foot and ankle stretches and exercises to prevent you getting hurt. The sports injury doctors in our Schaumburg offices can provide a more extensive list.
Heel and toe walks: walk on your heels for 60 seconds, then switch to the toes.
Slides: sit with both feet flat on the floor. Slide one foot out, keeping the bottom of the foot in contact with the floor. Hold for 3 seconds. Repeat 20 times with each foot.
Taps: sit with both your feet flat on the floor. Keeping your heels to the floor, tap the floor with the rest of your feet. Repeat 50 times.
Stretching the plantar: sit down and cross your legs, placing an ankle against the thigh of the opposite leg. Pull on your toes gently, towards your shin, until you feel the stretch in the bottom of your foot. Repeat 10 times for each foot.
Remember to try on shoes before you buy them, while wearing socks, and later in the day so that your feet are a larger size, as they will swell during play. Try to find shoes that have good traction when you're moving forwards, which prevents slips and falls--but also don't stick if you need to turn or cut sideways, preventing twists and sprains.
In addition, different positions may benefit from different types of shoes.
Lineman: you'll want high-cut shoes that give you good ankle support, which will help for all the side-to-side movements you make.
Skill player: look for low-cut, lightweight shoes to give you flexibility and speed.
Versatile player: mid-cut cleats offer a blend of support and flexibility. You may also want detachable studs, so that you can reconfigure or switch them out depending on the situation.
Get medical help if needed!
Despite precautions, injuries can still happen. If you get hurt, come into our Schaumburg office for an evaluation and treatment. A specialist can also let you know when it's safe to play again after recovering from an injury.
If you have any concerns about sports injuries, the foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Schaumburg are ready for you. Don't miss the big game - call (312) 923-1100 today!