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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care

As the weather continues to get warmer more and more people will be making the transition to outdoor sports and fitness activities. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we know that as tempting as the call to the outdoors is at this time of the year it also comes with its own special risks. Below are some of the concerns podiatrists have about the start of the spring sports season and how to best handle them:

And Now…An Entirely New Sport: Chances are if you have been participating in a winter sport you have been playing on a different surface than you now will be in the spring. Going from a hard floor to a field will put stress on different areas of your feet and ankles and so, even if you are playing the same sport, it will take your feet time to adjust. It’s also a good idea to take at least a few weeks off in between seasons to rest your feet and ankles.

From Zero to Sixty: Have you spent most of the winter on the couch? If yes, then stress fractures, blisters and Achilles tendonitis are just a few of the injuries that may await you if you try to do too much too soon. Your sedentary body needs time to get in shape. Start slowly and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workout.

If the Shoe Fits: Shoes have a life span. If you participated in the same sport last spring be sure to check your shoes for signs of wear. If this is a new sport (or you have a child in starting a new sport) take the time to get your foot professionally measured at a sports shoe store and choose shoes specifically designed for the activity you are going to be doing.

Get it Checked Out: It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment for a checkup with the podiatrist before starting spring sports. Our foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be able to check on the status of old injuries and also make some recommendations about type and style of shoe that will best fit your individual foot and gait.

Spring sports are great if you take your time and get a good start. Have more questions? Call our Washington office at: (724) 225-7410.

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