Every year, millions of American children lace up their cleats and participate in warm weather sports (soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, etc.).
“Sports play a significant role in the lives of millions of young athletes,” says Dr. Michael King, a podiatrist and president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Parents need to be aware that sports, which require a substantial amount of running, turning, and contact, can translate to injuries. Protecting children’s feet from injuries, and bringing them to a podiatrist when problems occur, can help keep kids in the game and make the sport more enjoyable.”
Tips for Good Foot Health this Sports Season
- Protective taping of the ankles can help prevent sprains or fractures.
- Shoes and cleats specifically designed for a sport will not only help improve your child’s performance in that specific sport, but also protect him or her from serious foot and ankle injuries.
- The right socks can make all the difference. Athletic socks should consist of a natural/synthetic blend, which is best at wicking away moisture, minimizing foot odor, and preventing blisters.
“Sports-related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children participate actively in sports,” King says. “Parents need to be vigilant to ensure children’s feet remain healthy and safe. And remember – lack of complaint by a child is not a reliable sign that everything is fine. The bones of growing feet are so flexible that they can be twisted and distorted without the child being aware of it.”
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