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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 30, 2014
Category: Sports Injuries

How to Prevent Sports InjuriesYou love to dribble a ball down the court, maybe you love throwing a football across the 100 yard line, or maybe you simply love healthy competition and being part of a team. Whatever sport suits you, one thing is clear - sports are an easy and fun way to stay healthy! Unfortunately, the intensity of training, competition, and playing in the game can lead to excruciatingly painful injuries to your feet and ankles.

From basketball to tennis, track to volleyball, and football to soccer, each sport is associated with their own injuries.  However, we’ve come up with some helpful guidelines to protect your feet in every sport.  They include:

Remember to Stretch

Stretching your legs, ankles, and foot muscles should be part of your routine every time you participate in physical activity. Stretching is a great way to get your body ready to exercise. You should create a warm-up routine to perform before every practice and game as well as a cooling-down routine to perform after your exercise. Without a proper stretch, your muscles remain stiff and are more likely to develop an injury.

Spread Out Your Workout

Intense daily workouts can lead to overuse injuries, therefore thirty minute a day workouts are your best options. With such a busy schedule you may attempt to cram all of your workout time into the weekend, but intensely crammed workouts can make your body prone to injuries. Instead you should try to make the time during the week. Try to workout at the beginning of the day, at night, or even during your lunch hour. You may think that you can’t find the time, but it is about making the time and an investment in your health.

Have the Right Gear

Using the proper equipment associated with your chosen sport is so important not only your performance, but your health as well. Depending on your sport you may need different equipment such as helmets, bats, balls, pads, and so on.  However, footwear is an important form of equipment in almost every sport. Your shoes should be specific to your chosen sport so that they can properly protect your feet from the harsh movements associated with your physical activity. Obtaining the right shoes and other equipment related to your sport can help prevent injuries and keep you healthy.

Before you begin training or participating in a sport, you should have a proper foot examination. It is important to determine you are at the top of your health before you plunge into a serious exercise routine. 

Contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker for a foot examination and check-up.  You can also contact our office if you develop an injury during your sport. We will do everything we can to help you stay your healthiest and get you back into your favorite activities.

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Protecting Your Feet While Playing BaseballAre you a fan of baseball? As one of America’s favorite pastimes, it truly is a sport for all ages. Whether you play in little league, the minor leagues or the major league, it can also bring its share of foot and ankle injuries.

How are my feet at risk in baseball?

Like many other sports, baseball can lead to injury. Improper footwear, poor technique, collisions with players and over training can cause injury to feet and ankles. Running bases, a staple in the game, can lead to ankle sprains. Holes in the ground, unusual bumps and the bases themselves can cause trips and falls resulting in rolled ankles.

Cleatsare the proper choice of footwear for baseball but they can also put a player at risk for injury. They do improve traction but spikes that get caught in the grass can cause ankle sprains and fractures. Cleats that do not fit well can cause injuries such as turf toe and blisters.

Sliding is a part of the game that can be quite dangerous. It makes the game exciting and is fun to do. When not done properly though or with bases that are secured, players are at risk for sprains, fractures, bruises and broken or jammed toes.

Dr. Phil Pinsker, foot specialist in Washington, PA regularly gets athletes with foot pain back in the game. There are ways to avoid injury with proper footwear and appropriate training and technique but some injuries may be inevitable. If baseball, or any sport has you sitting on the sidelines with a foot or ankle injury or discomfort, please contact us today for help. You can call our podiatric office at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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