Let’s get one thing out of the way, right away. It is impossible to prevent all sports-related foot and ankle injuries. All the preparation and care in the world won’t stop someone from colliding with you, or a wet track from tripping you up, or just a freak accident resulting in a sprained ankle or a broken tarsal bone or an injury to your Achilles. Even if you aren’t playing sports something can always go wrong. It’s part of life.
That said, there are methods you can take to lower the chances of such injuries and a lot of those start with the right gear. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we make sure we have the right gear- all the latest and most technologically-advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment, as well as our decades of experience both as doctors and athletes. And we advise you to do the same.
Proper gear for preventing foot and ankle injuries
- Proper shoes. It all starts with the shoes. Every activity and sport has its own particular strains and stresses. For a long time, there was just one style of athletic shoe. Now they are designed for the unique needs or different activities. This isn’t a waste or a marketing gimmick. These are designed to enhance performance and decrease injury in their specific sports.
- Orthotics. These are custom made inserts designed to reduce movement, or otherwise, alter or control movement inside a shoe, as well as reduce the abnormal impact on your legs.
- Braces and wraps. Also used to control movement, keeping a joint or ligament secure, lowering the chance at a sprain or a re-injury.
At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we know that the proper gear is crucial, and we help fit runners with custom orthotics and braces that fit their unique needs and circumstances. We work with the patient to improve their performance and reduce pain. We treat the causes, not just the symptoms. We have the proper gear to help you stay on the field.
If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury or suffer from a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!