Many people enjoy many different sports.  Some are walkers, some run, some play basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, ice skating, skiing, gymnastics, etc. etc. etc.  The list is long of the various sports people enjoy!  Sports are a great way to get our energy out and keep fit.  However, there are common foot injuries that occur from the strain on our feet and ankles due to many of these sports.  What to do?!  Take some easy precautions to begin with, as the fear of hurting one’s feet will not stop most people from engaging in the sports one loves- (nor should it!)

So, there are some smart moves that athletes can make to avoid common foot injuries from happening in the first place!  Many of them relate to choosing appropriate footwear for the specific sport they are engaging in.  Here are some recommendations for appropriate footwear related to the sport you are doing:

  • Basketball, Tennis, and Volleyball:  wear thick, stiff soled shoes that provide support for impact.  They should have high ankle construction that supports the ankle!  They should also be lighter, and have less midsole support (for volleyball).
  • Soccer: wear shoes with a good quality foot-bed, which provides proper support for the arch.  The stud type should be suited for the ground that will be played on most often on: soft, hard, firm, or turf.  The cleats should be molded rubber.
  • Football and Lacrosse:  Appropriate footwear should have a good amount of high ankle support!  They should allow for proper traction on a grassy field (which isn’t always dry!)  It’s a good idea to stay away from hand-me-downs in this case (with cleats) as ill-fitting cleats increase the risk of ankle injuries to the wearer.
  • Baseball and Softball:  Footwear should offer support to prevent arch pain, sometimes customized shoe inserts can help alleviate pain.  It’s a good idea to try “multi-cleats” for kids that are within the 11-15 yr. old range, to avoid heel pain.
  • Running:  Footwear should provide excellent shock absorption to help runners avoid injury.  Footwear should match your foot’s arch type- your podiatrist can measure your feet to let you know what type to look for.  Running shoes should be replaced every 6-8 months or so.

If you follow these guidelines for proper footwear according to sport-type, you will hopefully avoid foot injuries.  However, if you find yourself with a sports-related foot injury (or any foot injury or issue, for that matter), Drs. James Ricketti and Stephen Skokan are here to help.  Call us for an appointment at our conveniently located Hamilton Square, NJ location.

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