Care for You Feet While You're on the Field
Although it's not always possible to avoid injuries when you're on the field or court, many sports-related foot and ankle conditions can be prevented with proper care. Dr. Eric Feit and Dr. Alona Kashanian of Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in Torrance, San Pedro and Los Angeles, CA, share a few tips that will help you protect your feet.
Make smart footwear choices
Choosing the right type of shoes for your sport is particularly important. If you participate in two or more sports, don't wear the same shoes to play both sports. For example, running shoes aren't a good choice when you're on the court, even though basketball does involve running. Basketball shoes are designed to support your ankle and foot when you jump or suddenly change direction, unlike running shoes. No matter what your sport or activity, proper footwear can play an important role in helping you avoid injury.
Buy new shoes often
It's also important to replace your shoes often, even if they look perfectly fine. Over time, cushioning flattens the soles of your shoes start to wear down. If you run or participate in another sport regularly, you may need to replace your shoes about every three months.
Don't overdo it
Many painful foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, Achilles tendinitis and stress fractures, occur due to overuse injuries. If you're new to a sport or activity, slowly increase the intensity and duration of your workout. Training harder and longer can help you excel at your sport, but may also increase your risk of injury. No matter how long you've been playing a sport or participating in an activity, it's important to keep in mind that gradual changes to your training schedule are much better for your feet than sudden ones.
Visit the foot doctor
If you experience sports-related foot pain that doesn't get better after a week or two of rest, make an appointment with our Torrance, San Pedro or Los Angeles office. Ignoring the symptoms can worsen your injury and lead to chronic pain and complications.
Concerned about foot or ankle pain? Call podiatrists Dr. Feit and Dr. Kashanian of Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in Torrance, San Pedro and Los Angeles, CA